HOURCAR is a nonprofit carshare organization making big transportation changes in the Twin Cities.
In 2022, HOURCAR is expanding its two-way carshare service through the Multifamily EV 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, more than doubling our two-way fleet. To do this, HOURCAR is placing new hubs with EV 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.
HOURCAR is using this pilot to provide service to both new and existing members.
These multifamily hubs will function the same way our current two-way HOURCAR hubs do, with the added benefit of using an electric vehicle. Any member will be able to use the cars placed at these 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 where you got it and plug it back into the Level 2 charger provided on site.
If you are already an HOURCAR member, you can use your already existing account to reserve a vehicle at one of our new hubs just the way you’ve always done.
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.
Are you interested in providing two EVs in a carsharing program as an amenity to your building and community residents? Check out the information below to see if your property would be a good fit! Applications are open now through our priority deadline of June 30, 2022.
We are seeking site hosts—owners, developers, or managers of residential real estate—interested in offering electric vehicle carsharing to residents at one or more of their properties at very low cost.
Each selected site will host:
Sites must be readily available for installation of EVSE and operation of the carsharing service. This means:
*Two-way carshare means each carshare EV will be ‘tethered’ to the property. Members pick up the reserved HOURCAR from the dedicated carshare space and MUST return it to at the end of the reservation to the same space.