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HOURCAR News

April 11, 2015

HOURCAR is proud to have served the Twin Cities for nearly a decade. We were the first car sharing organization in Minnesota, and our dedication to the state remains as strong as ever.

That’s why we are proud to announce a new partnership with Time Communications in White Bear Lake.

November 2, 2011

On Monday, November 14, HOURCAR is co-sponsoring a special screening of the new film Revenge of the Electric Car, the sequel to the hit documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” Sponsored by Fresh Energy, this special event includes a pre-screening reception and a panel discussion after the film with director Chris Paine and Fresh Energy Executive Director Michael Noble.

October 4, 2011

Thanks to a partnership among HOURCAR's parent organization the Neighborhood Energy Connection, the City of Saint Paul, and Xcel Energy, two new plug-in hybrid vehicles are being added to HOURCAR's downtown Saint Paul fleet. A silver Toyota Prius joins the existing HOURCAR vehicle at the TPT hub and is available for reservations immediately. A red Toyota Prius will be launched shortly at the new Lawson hub.

September 26, 2011

HOURCAR announces a new hub location in Stadium Village, sponsored by Solhaus green apartments. The Stadium Village location is accessible via transit service along University Avenue.

September 2, 2011

HOURCAR announces the introduction of a student rate plan available to all undergraduate college students. Many college students’ lifestyles are well-suited to membership in a car-sharing organization: urban college campuses throughout the Twin Cities are located in walkable, bike-friendly, and transit-rich neighborhoods where students can easily meet their daily needs without a car.

February 24, 2011

HOURCAR’s new hub has opened in the Southeast Como neighborhood of Minneapolis! The hub is at Van Cleve Park, on the corner of Rollins Avenue SE and 15th Avenue SE. Bus route #3 passes by this hub and bike parking is available at the park.

A huge thank you to the Southeast Como Improvement Association and its cool Como Green Village program for sponsoring this hub! Thanks also to Van Cleve Park and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board for hosting us!

January 4, 2011

The newest addition to our fleet, the HOURCAR truck, is in action. Based at the Macalester College hub location, the Ford Ranger is the first pickup truck and the 28th vehicle in the HOURCAR fleet. A second truck will join the fleet in the coming months, placed at or near an existing HOURCAR location in Minneapolis.

The HOURCAR truck is poised to haul compost, furniture and more. HOURCAR staff’s first haul was a donation to Second Harvest Heartland of food collected in every HOURCAR vehicle over the holiday season.

September 23, 2010

HOURCAR announces the launch of its 27th shared vehicle in the Twin Cities. The car, a red 2010 Honda Fit, is located at HOURCAR’s newest hub near the intersection of Grand Avenue and Victoria Street in Saint Paul.

With Grand Avenue’s many amenities and services within walking and bicycling distance and easy access to regular transit service, neighborhood residents and visitors will now be able to rely on multiple modes of transportation and have access to a vehicle when they need one.

May 12, 2010

HOURCAR and Hamline University have welcomed our 26th car in to the fleet!

January 27, 2010

Altenhoff isn’t a car owner, or a car thief. He’s quietly taking part in a Twin Cities revolution that is sneaking up on an impressive milestone.

Begun five years ago … Hourcar (www.hourcar.org) provides hourly access to a fleet of cars that are way cleaner than mine. The nonprofit, run by the St. Paul-based Neighborhood Energy Connection, is closing in on its 1,000th member.