CRuSE

The Clean Rural Shared Electric Mobility (CRuSE) Project

The Clean Rural Shared Electric Mobility (CRuSE) Project

Electric vehicles for community carsharing

Forth launched The CRuSE Project, a program for community carsharing in Hood River, Oregon. Residents and visitors have access to five Honda Clarity Electric vehicles throughout Hood River at affordable housing sites, the city center, and tourist areas.

Two cars are on City of Hood River property and one is utilized by City employees for business-related travel. A third car is placed near the waterfront area of Hood River to provide easy access for tourists visiting the Columbia Gorge. 

The public is invited to begin reserving the vehicles at the following locations: Columbia Parking Lot, Hood River Fire Station, and along the waterfront near the Gorge Paddling Center.

The final two cars will be placed at affordable housing sites in Hood River owned by Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation, which includes low-income and non-English speaking residents. 

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How-To

DOWNLOAD ENVOY'S CAR SHARING APP

The goal of Envoy's electric car sharing service is total simplicity and complete mobility. When you need a car, it’s ready for you. When you don’t need it, you don’t have to think about it. Imagine no car payments, gas purchases, insurance payments, maintenance costs, or car cleaning. If you live, work, or stay in an apartment, office building, or hotel, Envoy's electric vehicle car sharing service may be perfect for your lifestyle. Just a sweet ride to get you where you want to go whenever you want it. 

Download the Envoy car sharing app today!


REGISTER

Create an account and register with a valid driver's license and credit card.


ADD LOCATION

Add your location and input the location code that will be provided by your property management/leasing office.


RESERVE

Book your electric vehicle for minutes, hours, or days! User the scroll bar to select how long you’d like the car. See the pricing estimate and confirm your reservation.


UNLOCK

Make sure to report any previous damage so you’re not liable. Press Begin Reservation to start your trip and unlock the car. During your trip, use the app or a key coin to unlock and lock.



END RESERVATION

Return the vehicle to its designated parking space, plug the charger into the car, report any new damage, and follow the prompts on the car-sharing app to end your trip.

Locations

Columbia Parking Lot

Address: 501 Columbia St. Hood River, OR 97031

Property Code: 00001

Port of Hood River

This vehicle is located near the Sinclair Gas station along the waterfront, across from the Columbia Gorge Express Bus dropoff point

Property Code: 0002

Hood River Fire Station

Address: 1785 Meyer Parkway Hood River, OR 97031

Property Code: 0003

Rio Bella 

This vehicle is reserved for residents of Rio Bella Apartments only; please contact the Property Manager for Property code

Wyeast Vista

This vehicle is reserved for residents of Wyeast Vista Apartments only; please contact the Property Manager for Property code.

View the map of locations here!

Partners

The Clean Rural Shared Electric Mobility (CRuSE) Project is a three-year program to demonstrate a financially sustainable model for plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) carsharing in rural communities and is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office.

Forth is partnering with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Wash., to evaluate the affordability and environmental gains of a sustainable, rural-focused, ridesharing platform. PNNL data analysts will track usage and cost over time and create models that will improve efficiency and inform the team how to optimize the program. Best practices gleaned from this project supported with data collection and analysis will be shared with other rural communities for replication.

OpConnect is providing the EV charging infrastructure for the program. Envoy Technologies provides the carsharing platform that enables users to reserve and access vehicles via a smartphone, paying by the minute or hour, and returning the car to its home base. Envoy will provide a Spanish translation of its app to appeal to diverse community members, alternate payment mechanisms to meet the needs of those without access to credit cards or bank accounts, and tiered pricing structures, enabling different prices to be charged and subsidies offered to different user groups. To lower barriers to entry for affordable housing residents, iPads will be placed in a secure common area to allow residents without access to the internet or smartphones the ability to reserve reservations. Honda is providing the electric vehicles free of charge for the project. Pacific Power, the local utility, is providing technical support as well as $100,000 in funding for the project through the Oregon Clean Fuels Program.

This project is made possible with contributions, collaboration and input of many local organizations including Columbia Area Transit, Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation, Pacific Power, the Hood River County Energy Council, local governments, and Mid-Columbia Economic Development District staff.

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