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Electric Carshare is Coming to Via Sol!

We’re excited to announce that PLACE has been selected by HOURCAR and Xcel Energy to be one of the first pilot locations to offer round-trip, renewably-powered, electric carshare at Via Sol! HOURCAR is a local, nonprofit, carshare provider based in Saint Paul, bringing transformational transportation options to Minnesota since 2005. Working with Xcel Energy, the American Lung Association, and East Metro Strong, their Multifamily Project is focused on increasing access to electric vehicles while reducing the need to own a car.

Construction will begin in the next couple of months and, once completed, we will have two 2022 Nissan Leafs available for trips as short as 30 minutes and as long as 3 days. HOURCAR lets you reserve the car as far out as 6 months and has a variety of plans to choose from. Trip costs are between $6-$10/hour, $45-$75/day, and allow for a range of 50-300 miles per trip per day. Charging, insurance, and maintenance are all included, leaving the burden of car ownership behind you.

Learn more about the HOURCAR service here. Over the coming weeks, we’ll have the HOURCAR team on-site to answer your questions and share more about how carshare works.


The PLACE Team:

Chris Velasco Elizabeth Bowling Alice Hiniker Todd Bagby

Via Sol

PLACE’s Via Sol community, a sustainable, transit-oriented community in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, producing its own food and energy, filled with art and imagination, offering healthy apartments and live/work space to households across the income spectrum.

Via Sol is currently under construction and expected to open in summer of 2022. Applications are now being accepted. For more information:


Call 612.444.2VIA (612.444.2842)

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