Community Engagement & Outreach Report

HOURCAR’s Community Engagement Report details more than a year of work engaging with community partners in preparation for the launch of the Twin Cities Electric Vehicle Mobility Network, a unique partnership that represents the future of electric and shared mobility in the region. With the goals of improving transportation equity and reducing harmful emissions, this project combines one-way electric vehicle car sharing and publicly accessible charging hubs powered by 100% renewable energy. The report includes section on process, major findings, and recommendations.

Twin Cities Electric Vehicle Mobility Network advances shared goals of lowering transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions and increasing transportation access and equity in the region

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Project Partners:

Core Partner Council

Cedar Riverside Neighborhood Revitalization Program, Dayton’s Bluff Community Council, East Side Neighborhood Services, Frogtown Neighborhood Association, Juxtaposition Arts, North End Neighborhood Association, Payne-Phalen District Five Planning Council, Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association, Tamales Y Bicicletas, West Side Community Organization

Major Findings:

Implementation of community feedback has begun, but will take time. With HOURCAR’s technology platform transition in February 2021, affordability and ease-of-use changes have started. Additional improvements are forthcoming and will be brought back to the community for additional feedback and iteration.

•Increased affordability and payment options

•Increased proximity to a larger amount of vehicles in more neighborhoods

•Translation into multiple languages

•Charging hubs nearby

•Connectivity to transit and other shared mobility

•Security features at charging hubs

•Easy-to-use website and apps

•Quick and easy approval processes

Recommendations:

We are working on reducing  barriers to current services at HOURCAR, as well as within the developing TCEVMN.  This project focuses on creating investment without displacement by directly incorporating community feedback into system-wide improvements.  Based heavily on community feedback from our Core Partner Council neighborhoods, here are some things that community members said they needed or wanted:

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    For further contact regarding this report:
    Shannon Crabtree, HOURCAR Senior Planner & Community Development Manager, community@hourcar.org


    For further contact regarding the Twin Cities Electric Vehicle Mobility Network:
    Samantha Henningson, City of St Paul Project Manager, charginghubs@ci.stpaul.mn.us, 651-266-6855