In 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded funding* to the American Lung Association, in our role implementing the Twin Cities Clean Cities Coalition, to support several projects that expand access to electric vehicles (EVs) and EV charging in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota. One component of this effort builds out electric vehicle charging equipment at multifamily housing locations. In addition, the project supports the co-location of shared EVs, available for use by the residents. The EV carsharing component will provide access to electric vehicles for those who may not be able to currently afford one and those who choose not to own a vehicle. There is extra support for income-restricted and mixed-income sites. This project will demonstrate innovative approaches to making the benefits of electrified transportation more widely available to all.

Xcel Energy is piloting a new program to support EV charging at multifamily locations, which can have unique challenges for EV ownership. To address a major barrier, this pilot includes the installation of necessary infrastructure for vehicle charging. At select locations, HOURCAR – the Twin Cities’ nonprofit carsharing organization – will provide and manage electric vehicles that will be available for use exclusively by that site’s residents. For the first five qualified affordable housing site hosts, the costs of the charging infrastructure and EV carsharing will be covered by partners and federal funding. An additional twenty locations will receive varying levels of support, depending on when they join the program and other factors.

Pre-approval applications now open

HOURCAR has announced a pre-approval application process to begin identifying potential site hosts interested in joining the program. Priority deadline is June 30, 2021. Learn more about the multifamily EV carshare program on HOURCAR’s website or by contacting us. Additional multifamily sites will be added to the program in 2022.

* Support provided by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) under the Office of Vehicle Technologies Award Number DE-EE0009226.