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MULTIFAMILY PROJECT

MULTIFAMILY PROJECT

HOURCAR MULTIFAMILY: EQUITABLE ELECTRIC MOBILITY

HOURCAR is a nonprofit carshare organization making big transportation changes in the Twin Cities.

In 2022, HOURCAR began expanding its round-trip carshare service through the Multifamily Electric Vehicle Carshare Pilot Project. Leveraging funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and partnerships with Xcel Energy, the American Lung Association, and East Metro Strong, the pilot will add a total of 50 all-electric vehicles, nearly doubling the HOURCAR fleet. To do this, HOURCAR is placing new hubs with electric chargers at multifamily complexes around the Twin Cities metropolitan area, especially at affordable housing sites. The project aims to increase electric mobility options for residents at income levels that have been traditionally underserved while also decreasing barriers to building out electric vehicle charging stations at multifamily dwellings.

This is the first project of its kind in the State of Minnesota and one of the first of its size in North America, including 25 total properties with 50 shared electric vehicles.

The Multifamily Project is sponsored by Xcel Energy. The Multifamily Project’s Nissan Leafs are sponsored by Kline Nissan, Minnesota’s largest seller of Nissan electric vehicles.  

MEMBER INFORMATION

HOURCAR is using this pilot to provide service to both new and existing members.

These multifamily hubs function the same way as our round-trip HOURCAR hubs do, with the added benefit of using an electric vehicle. Any member can use the electric HOURCARs placed at multifamily sites by reserving a car in advance for a trip length of up to three days. When finished using the vehicle, simply return the car back to its hub and plug it into the charger provided on-site to provide maximum range for the next member.

If you are already an HOURCAR member, you can use your existing account to reserve a vehicle at one of our new electric hubs just like any other hub. Look for the “Electric” label when reserving a car. 

Thinking about using one of these cars at our multifamily hubs? Simply register for an HOURCAR account to start driving. Look up the membership rate that works best for you, download the app onto your Android or Apple smartphone or register your account with your GoTo card. Your monthly plan also includes access to Evie Carshare, a one-way, free-floating, all-electric, carshare service.

MULTIFAMILY SITE LOCATIONS

Current Multifamily sites include: 

Bloomington:
• Blooming Meadows (opened 4/12/23)

Little Canada: 
• Garden Terrace (opened 12/19/22)

Minneapolis: 
• Maya Commons (opened 9/23/22)
• Timber & Tie (opened 2/1/23)
• 1600 Park Ave (opened 9/18/23)
• Intersect Apartments (opened 3/7/24)
• Mill City Quarter (currently ICE vehicle, all-electric vehicles coming soon.) 
• Como Student Co-op (current ICE vehicle, all-electric vehicles coming soon.)

Richfield: 
• Seasons Park (opened 3/1/23)

St Louis Park:
• Zelia on 7 (opened May 10, 2023)

St Paul: 
• Nova SP (opened June 18, 2024)

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THE MULTIFAMILY PROJECT IS SPONSORED BY XCEL ENERGY

Xcel Energy is a sponsor of the Multifamily Pilot and Evie Community Carshare. Xcel Energy supports efforts to increase access to electric vehicles in underserved communities. Learn more about how Xcel Energy is helping customers drive electric.