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Multifamily EV Carshare Pilot Project

In 2021, HOURCAR launched a new multifamily EV carshare pilot with funding from the US Department of Energy. Working with Xcel Energy, HOURCAR will place 50 charging stations and shared electric vehicles at 25 multifamily sites over the next two years

The Multifamily EV Carshare pilot is made possible through a partnership between HOURCAR, Xcel Energy, The American Lung Association, and East Metro Strong.

Apply to Become a Multifamily EV Carshare Site Host

We are seeking site hosts interested in offering an electric vehicle carsharing service operated by HOURCAR and optional EV charging capacity to residents at one or more of their properties at little or no cost. A first tranche pre-approval process will open on May 17, 2021 and close on July 30, 2021. We are accepting site host applications from interested multifamily residential building owners, developers, and property managers. If interested, apply below! Priority deadline June 30, 2021.

The Multifamily Electric Vehicle (EV) Carshare Pilot Project exists to create environmentally friendly mobility options for residents of multifamily housing and surrounding communities in the Twin Cities Metro Area. This project was made possible through funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and a partnership between HOURCAR, Xcel Energy, The American Lung Association, and East Metro Strong.

Project Goals

  • Increase Electric Vehicle (EV) mobility options for residents at income levels that have traditionally been underserved by electrification. HOURCAR will operate two-way EV carsharing services at multifamily buildings as both a mobility tool and to introduce members electric vehicle ownership possibilities.
  • Decrease barriers that limit the availability of EV charging capacity in a multifamily context. Project partners will provide selected site hosts with education and advisory services to increase utilization of charging equipment, make ready assistance to enable the installation of Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE), and no cost options for the equipment at qualified low-income sites.

The Multifamily EV Carshare Project is a two-year pilot project and is phased over three separate tranches. HOURCAR and project partners will be conducting an application process to select site hosts for each tranche. Through the pre-approval process we will select five qualified low-income sites in the first tranche, ten low-moderate income sites in the second tranche, and ten sites of any income level in the third tranche. Our first tranche pre-approval process is currently open.

HOURCAR operates direct to member one-way and two-way carsharing services. For the Multifamily EV Carshare Project HOURCAR will operate a two-way carsharing model at each of the 25 multifamily sites. This means each carshare EV will be ‘tethered’ to the property.

How it works:

  • Residents of each site-host community apply to be HOURCAR members
  • Once members are approved, they would be able to make reservations to use the vehicles at any time
  • 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

We will provide insurance for vehicles and pay for all electricity, cleaning, and maintenance costs. We will also collect fees directly from members. There is no need for the site host to do so.

Each Multifamily EV Carshare site will host:

  • An EV carsharing service operated by HOURCAR for use by residents. Project partners would prefer that the carsharing service be open to the surrounding community as well but understand that there might be barriers to this at some sites. Site hosts will be required to commit a minimum of two parking spaces for a period of two years for the use by HOURCAR to host and operate the carsharing service.
  • A minimum of one dual port Level 2 EV charger for use by the dedicated carsharing vehicles. Additional ports may be requested for use by residents with EVs. Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) and make ready infrastructure will be installed on-site by Xcel Energy. The site host will be required to commit to keeping this infrastructure available for charging on-site for a period of 10 years.

Affordable and Equitable Transportation

Income-restricted, mixed-income, and market rate sites are all eligible to apply for this project. 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.

Sites located proximate to services and existing transit infrastructure in the Twin Cities Metro Area where residents might live with zero or one car are ideal. We want the carsharing service to help fill in gaps in the transit network.

We are looking for sites that will complement the Twin Cities electric vehicle network that HOURCAR is building out in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. That project is located here.

Infrastructure Requirements

Sites must be readily available for installation of EVSE and operation of the carsharing service. This means:

  • Designated on-site parking spots are close together and near an electrical room or other space where EV Supply infrastructure equipment could be housed,
  • The more capacity in the existing transformer the better,
  • The less restoration including asphalt and concrete demolition required the better,
  • If a line extension/upgrade is needed, outdoor space for the equipment is required.

Timeline

First Tranche

During the Summer of 2021, we will select five sites to participate in the first tranche of the Multifamily EV Carshare project. We anticipate on-site installation of EVSE to occur in early fall of 2021 with EV charging capacity and carsharing operational by Spring of 2022. This tranche is geared toward qualified affordable sites where at least 66% of residential units are affordable at 60% Area Median Income (AMI) or below.

The pre-approval process for this tranche is currently open.

Second Tranche

During the Spring of 2022, we will select ten sites to participate in the second tranche of the Multifamily EV Carshare project. We anticipate on-site installation of EVSE to occur in late Spring of 2022 with EV charging capacity and carsharing operational by Summer of 2022.

Third Tranche

During the Summer of 2022, we will select ten sites to participate in the third tranche of the Multifamily EV Carshare project. We anticipate on-site installation of EVSE to occur in Fall of 2022 with EV charging capacity and carsharing operational by Spring 2023.

Funding Definitions and Details

Each tranche has a different amount of funding designated for the Pilot Period of 24 months. However, in all tranches there will be full installation support for all selected qualified low-income sites regardless of the tranche.

Pilot Period

The Project pilot period is 24 months from the time of EVSE install at of the sites selected in each Tranche.

Utility Support

Xcel Energy will provide make ready assistance to enable the installation of Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) and no cost options for the supply infrastructure at qualified low-income sites. Depending on the tranche, different levels of support will be provided.

Qualified low-income site hosts will receive 100% utility support regardless of the tranche in which they are selected. All first tranche site hosts will receive 100% utility support meaning the cost of installation and the electric vehicle supply infrastructure will be fully covered. Second and third tranche market rate sites will receive 50% and 10% utility support, respectively.

EVSE Support and Additional Charging Capacity

HOURCAR will cover the amortized cost of one dual port charger, intended to charge two HOURCAR carsharing electric vehicles, for two years or the period in which carsharing is operational on the site as agreed to by HOURCAR and the site host, whichever is greater.

Additional dual port chargers for use by residents with electric vehicles can be added if desired by the site host. The cost for the chargers not dedicated to the carsharing program will be charged to site host, amortized over a period of 10 years at either $30, $45, or $60 per month depending on the type of charger desired. There may be additional capital costs depending on the site conditions to install additional chargers. These would be agreed to by Xcel Energy and the site host before beginning construction. The site host will not be responsible for the electric cost of operating the carsharing program at any point during the program’s operation.

Carshare Subsidized Period

HOURCAR will fully cover all operational costs for the carsharing service at each site for the site’s Carshare Subsidized Period. Each tranche will have a different carsharing subsidized period:

  • First Tranche – 24 months
  • Second Tranche – 18 months
  • Third Tranche – 12 Months

Cost-Share

There may be some degree of cost share required to participate in this project. HOURCAR estimates that each site will need to bring in about $2500 per month in usage and membership revenue break even. We think this is feasible with about 50 users per car per or about 100 users per site. Depending on the Tranche in which a site is selected, signing a cost-share agreement that illustrates the terms by which HOURCAR and the site host would split the difference between the revenue generated and the cost to operate carsharing program on the site, may be required.

First tranche sites will only be required to cost share if they wish to extend the carsharing service after the 24-month Pilot Period. Second tranche sites that have a carshare subsidized period of 18 months will be required to cost share for the remaining six months of the pilot period. Third tranche sites that have a carshare subsidized period of 12 months will be required to cost share for the remaining 12 months of the Pilot Period. If a second or third tranche site host wishes to extend the carsharing service after the Pilot Period, a separate cost share agreement would be executed at the end of the Pilot Period.

Pre-Approval Application Access

The pre-approval process for the first project tranche is now open. You may apply here at anytime between May 17, 2021 and July 30, 2021. The priority deadline is June 30, 2021.

In this tranche, we will be selecting five (5) site hosts—owners, developers, or managers of residential real estate—interested in offering electric vehicle carsharing (and optional charging services) to residents at one or more of their properties.

Technical Guidelines

The pre-approval application is hosted in Microsoft Forms and will not save if you close the browser. Our recommendation is to save a copy of the pre-approval questions, gather your information, and copy and paste your responses into the form. HOURCAR staff will be available to assist you with any questions you may have as you work through the application. Please email abbya@hourcar.org for assistance.

Applicant Considerations

The 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.

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.

First Tranche Approval Timeline

Filling out the pre-approval application is the first step to become a site host for the Multifamily EV Carshare 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.

After your application is submitted, we will contact you to confirm submission. The application has a priority deadline of June 30th, 2021 and will close on July 30th, 2021. We will begin the pre-approval selection process starting on June 30th and will invite selected sites on a rolling basis throughout July and August to begin the Xcel and community engagement process, with installation starting at approved sites in the fall of 2021. We anticipate EV charging capacity and carsharing operational at approved sites by early 2022.

For all inquiries related to the Multifamily EV Carsharing Project, please reach out to:

Abby Alldaffer, HOURCAR Multifamily Project Manager

abbya@hourcar.org

Direct: (651) 400-2297