A project developed by St. Paul, Minneapolis, HOURCAR, and Xcel Energy aims to encourage electric vehicle use in the Twin Cities by creating a network of electric vehicle charging stations and a car-sharing service powered by renewable energy.
The project — the Twin Cities Electric Vehicle Mobility Network — is expected to launch in 2021. In preparation St. Paul is hosting two online community meetings at the end of October discuss car-sharing services and proposed charging hub locations. There will be one meeting for each of the cities planned charging hub locations.
The Minneapolis meeting will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 26 and the St. Paul meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 28. Meetings will be recorded and uploaded to the project’s site. Community members can RSVP for the meeting here.
The proposed electric vehicle charging hubs will be operated by the two cities and located on public roadways. Each charging hub will allow users to plug in the shared electric vehicles, and they’ll be available for the public to charge their own private vehicles.
The car-sharing service will be operated by local nonprofit HOURCAR. The nonprofit will use a one-way, semi free-floating model of operation, meaning users can pick up their car, drive it to their destination and park on the street in the nonprofit’s service area.
Questions about the project can be directed to the manager, Samantha Henningson at [email protected]