The city will be getting Nissan Leafs for an electric car sharing program. (Photo: Contributed)

Starting Thursday, Chattanooga residents and visitors can rent electric vehicles by the hour or day through a new car sharing system, Green Commuter. 

“Green Commuter is thrilled to bring its services to Chattanooga on Thursday,” CEO and founder Gustavo Occhiuzzo said in a prepared statement. “We are confident that this forward-thinking community will embrace all-electric car sharing, and we are pleased to present this low-cost mobility option to the region.”

Chattanooga will be one of the first cities in the nation to offer this type of program, according to a news release.

The company’s fleet consists of 20 zero-emission Nissan Leaf vehicles.

The cars will be located at about 10 locations in and around downtown Chattanooga, including in Coolidge Park on the North Shore and at the Incline Railway in St. Elmo.

The vehicles will be available to rent through a smartphone app. 

Through the launch of Green Commuter’s service, the company hopes to help reduce air pollution and traffic congestion while providing an environmentally friendly alternative to owning a car, according to a news release. 

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