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Saint Paul and Minneapolis in the US state of Minnesota have joined forces to develop the mobility network comprising charging hubs on public roadways and a fleet of car-share vehicles.
Saint Paul and Minneapolis in the US state of Minnesota have joined forces to develop an electric vehicle (EV) network and are inviting citizens to share their input and suggestions through an online survey.
The Twin Cities Electric Vehicle Mobility Network (TCEVMN) is being created by the two cities in collaboration with car-sharing non-profit HourCar and the utility Xcel Energy.
The TCEVMN will create a network of electric vehicle charging hubs and make a new electric vehicle car-share service, powered by renewable energy, available to community members. The EV mobility network is anticipated to launch in 2021.
“This new electric vehicle mobility network will help us build a city that works for all of us by expanding mobility options and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Russ Stark, chief resilience officer for the City of Saint Paul. “This project will only get better with community feedback.”
“This new electric vehicle mobility network will help us build a city that works for all of us by expanding mobility options and reducing greenhouse gas emissions”
Kim Havey, sustainability director for the City of Minneapolis, said it will form part of the cities’ network of Mobility Hubs, which will provide an opportunity for residents to have increased access to transportation choices that are less expensive than owning a car, less harmful to the environment and “more fun”.
He added: “We encourage everyone to let us know how including electric car-share vehicles in our transportation network will help them go car free.”
Electric vehicle charging hubs will be located on public roadways in Saint Paul and Minneapolis and operated by the cities. Each charging hub will have chargers dedicated to a new fleet of electric car-share vehicles, as well as chargers for members of the public to charge their own electric vehicles.
Meanwhile, HourCar will operate the new car-sharing service. The service will allow users to pick up a car, drive where they need to go, and park the car in any on-street legal parking space within the service area. Users will be incentivised, however, to bring the vehicle back to a charging hub.
The TCEVMN has been awarded $6.7m by the US Department of Energy (DoE) as part of its Advanced Innovative Vehicle Technologies programme.
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