The City of Rochester is looking for feedback from the community to expand the Flower City Carshare, “Floshare,” electric-vehicle carsharing pilot program.
Feedback on the program is due by April 30th, Rochester Mayor Malik D. Evans announced.
"A robust and affordable electric-vehicle carsharing program can go a long way toward reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and closing the transportation gap for residents who don’t own a vehicle or occasionally need another one,” said Evans.
“Achieving the goals of environmental sustainability and economic empowerment in a single program demonstrates how we are becoming a safe, equitable, and prosperous Rochester.”
Floshare, initially launched in July 2022, is an electric vehicle carsharing service operated by Mobility Development Operation.
The program offers residents and visitors affordable access to electric vehicles, available 24-hours a day that can be rented on an hourly or daily basis, and is supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
The City launched the Floshare pilot with three initial sites and is seeking input to determine priority locations for new vehicles as well as policies to improve service delivery. The City wants everyone to take the short survey, whether they have used the service or not. The survey should take about 10 minutes and those who complete it will receive a $10 FloShare driving credit (2 hours), City officials say.
Since its launch, 110 drivers have rented Floshare cars more than 1,000 times to drive more than 60,000 miles over more than 13,000 hours, the City says.
The low-cost car sharing service provides car rentals that can be reserved from one hour up to full days, via the Miocar Networks smartphone app available on the Apple App Store or Google Play. Costs start at $5 per hour or $40 per day with insurance, vehicle maintenance and roadside assistance included in the rates. The Floshare cars are picked up and returned to the same locations.
Current Floshare locations and parked charging stations are installed at:
The City of Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St.
St. Mary’s Campus Garage, 55 Genesee St.
Genesee Valley Park Sports Complex parking lot, 131 Elmwood Ave.
“Electric vehicle car sharing helps us close the transportation gap, reduces our reliance on vehicles and promotes renewable energy development,” said Mayor Evans.
To take the survey and for more information, visitwww.cityofrochester.gov/RocFloShare.