Starting Thursday, Chattanooga residents and visitors canrent 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 topresent this low-cost mobility option to the region.”

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

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

Thecars will be located at about 10 locations in and around downtownChattanooga, including in Coolidge Park on the North Shore and at the InclineRailway 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 helpreduce air pollution and traffic congestion while providing an environmentallyfriendly alternative to owning a car, according to a news release.

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