HOURCAR, a mpls downtown council member, announced today that it has received a grant from the McKnight Foundation to match the funds already provided by Xcel Energy to finish its ambitious planning process to launch a new carsharing service line in the Twin Cities. This new service is envisioned as all-electric, hub-based, and one-way. When this new service is in place, drivers will be able to end their reservation at any available hub instead of returning to the hub where the reservation originated. HOURCAR’s current goal is to introduce this new service line by mid-2020.

HOURCAR has set a goal to convert its entire fleet to zero-emission electric vehicles (ZEVs) by the end of 2020. “This grant represents an investment in our present and future and aligns with the mission of the McKnight Foundation,” said Kate Wolford, President of the Foundation. “Embracing a future of renewable electric vehicles will have a profound impact on the Twin Cities and we are proud to help this vision come to life.”

HOURCAR has been part of a cutting-edge movement in shared mobility since the organization’s founding in 2005. As the original car sharing organization in the Twin Cities, HOURCAR is well-suited to help launch Twin Cities car sharing into the future. The organization continues to strive toward a new era of multi-modal transportation that is smart, earth-friendly, and socially responsible, and seeks partners, sponsors and other stakeholders to join in this effort.

To learn more about HOURCAR, visit www.hourcar.org