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U signs car sharing contract with Hourcar

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Car sharing is shifting at the University of Minnesota.

The Pioneer Press reports that students, faculty and staff will soon be able to access a vehicle on an hourly basis from Hourcar.

Hourcar is a program of the St. Paul-based Neighborhood Energy Connection. The nonprofit won a competitive-bidding contract with the U. It will replace ZipCar, which has had the contract since 2005.

Hourcar will install 10 cars on campus by August 1 and expects to have 80 vehicles available by early 2014.

Car sharing is popular with consumers who don't need a car every day, and with those who are on a budget or are energy conscious.

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