Richmond launches electric vehicle car share program

Richmond launches electric vehicle car share program
Photo courtesy of Miocar.

By Kathy Chouteau

The City of Richmond Transportation Department and Charge Up Contra Costa launched an electric vehicle (EV) car share program operated by Miocar at a National Drive Electric Week event today at the Richmond Civic Center.

Via the program, Richmond residents can affordably rent 100 percent electric Chevy Bolts on an hourly or daily basis either online or through Miocar Networks’ mobile app, per the City. The EVs can be rented for $4 per hour or $35 per day, with insurance, roadside assistance and vehicle maintenance included in the price.

Miocar hubs are located throughout Richmond at: The Richmond Civic Center, 325 Civic Center Plaza; 41st and Macdonald at 201 41st St.; Richmond Fire Station #68, 2904 Hilltop Dr.; and Richmond Fire Station #63, 5201 Valley View Rd.

“Miocar gives licensed residents an easy and flexible transportation option for running errands, getting to medical appointments, job interviews or fulfilling any other daily needs,” said the City in a statement.

The company rolled out a beta testing period before its Richmond launch. Beta tester Artie from Richmond has been using the service for approximately one month and said he loves it. “The app is easy to use, and the cars are great, always clean and are fun to drive.” He added that he’s “sold on electric cars” and will “continue to use the service and tell all of his friends and family to use this service.”

Reducing our citywide energy footprint, especially within the transportation sector—our largest source of emissions—has long been a high priority for the City of Richmond,” said Mayor Tom Butt. “By reducing the number of vehicles traveling on state highways and city streets, which generate the majority of our transportation emissions, we are moving towards the goals outlined in our Climate Action Plan.”

Learn more about the program here.