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Electric car ride-sharing program coming to Chattanooga

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TVA power utilization engineer Andrew Frye speaks at the celebration of Chattanooga's electric vehicle car share "First Plug-In" Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at Hamilton Place Mall. Photo by Angela Lewis Foster /Times Free Press TVA power utilization engineer Andrew Frye speaks at the celebration of Chattanooga's electric vehicle car share "First Plug-In" Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at Hamilton Place Mall. Photo by Angela Lewis Foster /Times Free Press

CHATTANOOGA  (AP) - Chattanooga will soon launch one of the first electric vehicle ride-sharing programs in the nation.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports (http://bit.ly/2cZLXcC ) within the next few weeks, 20 Nissan Leafs will be stationed around the city and Collegedale for drivers to rent by the hour through a smartphone app.

Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority Executive Director Lisa Maragnano says the program will reduce air pollution and traffic congestion while offering a safe, environmentally friendly alternative to owning a car.

Renters will be able to recharge the all-electric vehicles at nearly 50 area charging stations.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is sponsoring the program, and GreenCommuter is equipping the vehicles, which can be rented for $9 an hour to members, who pay an initial registration fee and annual membership.

Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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