Meet Evie: Electric Carshare for the Twin Cities

Today, we welcomed pilot members to enjoy Evie Carshare on our first day of operations in the Twin Cities! With nearly 50 vehicles ready for one-way trips across St Paul and Minneapolis, nearly 1,000 members have been invited to join us in our phase 1 pilot. Our phase 2 pilot will invite all approved HOURCAR members […]
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New Rates Starting August 16, 2021

We are only a short time away from the introduction of Evie Carshare, an all-electric one-way network with trips by the minute, hour, and day. To add this additional service, we are making a few necessary updates to our PLUS benefits, pricing, and other features. PLUS Standardization: Based on your feedback, we are standardizing the PLUS option across the board. […]
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Temporary Hub Closure: Calhoun Square Ramp

Out of caution for member safety, we are temporarily closing the Calhoun Square Ramp location for the next few weeks. This is in response to membership feedback and concerns of the ramp’s recent increased private security presence in the aftermath of the death of Winston Boogy Smith Jr. at this location. As your safety is […]
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We’re Testing Electric Vehicles in Our Fleet

This is a pilot program with temporary locations starting next week. At the end of the HOURCAR Electric Vehicle Pilot, these vehicles will be used for our new one-way program, Evie Carshare, and the temporary hub location will be removed. The HOURCAR Electric Vehicle Pilot will expire in August, 2021.  If you haven’t heard the […]
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Now Hiring: Fleet Associate

Job details Salary $16 – $18 an hour Job Type Full-time Number of hires for this role 2 Qualifications Driver’s License (Required) High school or equivalent (Preferred) Full Job Description About us HOURCAR is a nonprofit carsharing company in the Twin Cities, offering a fleet of shared-use vehicles to its members through an online reservation […]
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Now Hiring: Business Operations Director

Position Description HOURCAR is a nonprofit carsharing company in the Twin Cities, offering a fleet of shared-use vehicles to its members through an online reservation system with 24/7 access at any of its 40+ carsharing hubs. In summer 2021, HOURCAR will launch Evie Community Carshare, a new all-electric one-way carsharing service, with 150 electric vehicles […]
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HOURCAR is excited to share we are accepting pre-approval applications until July 30th for first tranche Multifamily EV Carshare Pilot site hosts with a priority deadline of June 30th!

Project Details

Funded by the US Department of Energy and significantly underwritten by Xcel Energy and HOURCAR, the Multifamily EV Carshare Pilot Project will create environmentally friendly, affordable, and accessible mobility options for residents of apartments, condominiums, and their communities in the Twin Cities Metro Area. Working with Xcel Energy, HOURCAR will place 50 charging stations and shared electric vehicles at 25 multifamily sites over the next two years. Through a focus on affordable housing, this project will increase EV mobility options for residents at income levels that have traditionally been underserved by electrification and decrease barriers for EV charging in an income-qualified multifamily context.

“One of the things that has differentiated HOURCAR throughout our history is that we have had a focus on providing transportation solutions for as diverse an audience as possible; to provide transportation options for [those] who cannot afford a car or choose not to own one.”
– Paul Schroeder, HOURCAR CEO

Pre-Approval Application and Timeline

Over the course of July and August HOURCAR and project partners will select five site hosts — owners, developers, or managers of residential real estate — to host on-site electric vehicle carsharing and optional charging services offered to residents at one or more of their properties. We anticipate construction and on-site installation of charging equipment to occur at all selected first tranche sites in the Fall of 2021, with EV charging capacity and carsharing operational by early 2022.

Income-restricted, mixed-income, and market-rate sites are all eligible to apply in this round. We will, however, prioritize applicants whose overall site meets the Minnesota Department of Commerce Conservation Improvement Programs (CIP) definition of Qualified Low-Income where at least 66% of residential units are affordable at 60% Area Median Income (AMI) or below.

This pre-approval application allows each applicant to submit up to five proposed sites for consideration. Proposed sites may consist of a property or a group of properties within walking distance to one another. Properties can be made up of one or multiple buildings. Existing properties and developments under construction will be considered if they are scheduled to be open by December 31st, 2021. Applicants may apply here anytime between May 17th and July 30th, 2021. The priority deadline is June 30th, 2021 and will begin the pre-approval selection process on that date. We will notify selected sites on a rolling basis throughout July and August.

Filling out the pre-approval application is the first step to become a site host for the project. Pre-approved site hosts will be invited to participate in a preliminary assessment with Xcel Energy and two resident engagement sessions with HOURCAR. Final approval will be contingent on the completion of these two additional steps. If one or more of your sites are not selected to move forward in the approval process for this application round, we will consider your site(s) for subsequent rounds.

Applications and project information can be found at https://hourcar.org/multifamily. You also may wish to review our pre-approval application guidelines here.

What if I’m not a property owner, developer, or manager of residential real estate?

If you are a city or governmental agency in the Twin Cities metro, we’d love for you to pass this along to properties in your area who may be interested in becoming a site host for the project. If you’re part of an organization working on mobility or emissions-free transportation, we’d love for you to pass the word on as well. Additionally, we believe the best projects are the ones that leave the doors open for partnership, feedback, and collaboration. If we have not yet connected and you would like to, feel free to reach out to multifamily@hourcar.org.

This project is still in its development phase. We encourage you to learn more at Hourcar.org/multifamily

Webinar of the Multifamily Carshare Pilot Project: here

 

Introducing Our Multifamily EV Carshare Project

Spring Update Regarding Fleet Availability & COVID Approach

In January 2021, we began the process of a total technology overhaul. This included an entirely new backend system, technology software and hardware for our vehicles, and the introduction of an app. While the transition was more challenging than anticipated and further rocked by a recall, we are now on the up-swing and making positive movement forward.   More Cars Near You!  As […]
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Update: Fleet Availability

We have an update regarding our fleet availability. We’ve heard from many of our members asking where the vehicles are and the inability to make a reservation, so we wanted to clear a few things up. Our current fleet availability is very limited, and we are doing the best we can to get every neighborhood […]
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