Electric car ride-sharing program coming to Chattanooga

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

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports 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.

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