City of Saint Paul and City of Minneapolis Invite Residents to Online Community Meetings for Twin Cities Electric Vehicle Mobility Network

Twin Cities residents can attend online community meetings on October 26 and 28 to learn about the new network, and/or provide feedback through an online survey

SAINT PAUL, MN (October 1) - The cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis invite all community members to learn more about the new Twin Cities Electric Vehicle Mobility Network (TCEVMN) by attending online community meetings on October 26 and October 28 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Interested individuals will also be able to share their input and suggestions through an online survey.

The Twin Cities Electric Vehicle Mobility Network (TCEVMN) is a project being developed by the cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, HOURCAR, and Xcel Energy. The TCEVMN will create a network of electric vehicle charging hubs and make a new electric vehicle carshare 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.”

“Having the Twin Cities Electric Vehicle Mobility Network be a part of our future network of Mobility Hubs 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!  We encourage everyone to let us know how including electric carshare vehicles in our transportation network will help them go car free,” said Kim Havey (he/him/his), Sustainability Director for the City of Minneapolis.

  • Electric Vehicle Charging Hubs:  The 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.
  • Car-Sharing Service:  HOURCAR, a local car-sharing nonprofit, 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 incentivized, however, to bring the vehicle back to a charging hub.

The City of Saint Paul and City of Minneapolis invite Twin Cities residents, employees, and businesses to join an online community meeting to learn about the new services, ask questions, and provide feedback. The October 26 meeting is for Minneapolis and the October 28 meeting is for Saint Paul. To join an online meeting, please RSVP prior to the event at www.stpaul.gov/EV. Both meetings will be recorded and uploaded to the project website in the event you can’t attend. Event details are listed below:

Minneapolis Meeting
Monday, October 26
5:30-7:00 p.m.

Saint Paul Meeting
Wednesday, October 28
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Presentation to begin at 5:35 p.m. followed by moderated questions and answers.

Additional insights from community members will be collected through an online survey through November 13 at www.stpaul.gov/EV and through engagement activities hosted by local community organization partners. Input received from the community will help shape the design of EV mobility network service.

More information can be found at www.stpaul.gov/EV.

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CONTACTS:
Lisa Hiebert, APR
City of Saint Paul, Public Works Department
Lisa.hiebert@ci.stpaul.mn.us

Sarah McKenzie
City of Minneapolis
Sarah.McKenzie@cityofminneapolis.gov