PLEASANTON -- City CarShare, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, is launching an electric vehicle car-sharing program in the East Bay.

The new program, Dash, is the Bay Area's first battery-powered car-sharing program, done in partnership with Toyota. Drivers who use City CarShare -- a membership organization that allows paying members to reserve vehicles at nearby parking lots and use them by the hour -- will have access to more than two dozen Scion iQ-EVs, Toyota's electric four-seater city commuter car, and electric vehicle charging stations. The electric cars will be kept in lots in and near the Hacienda Business Park and available 24 hours a day.

A City CarShare Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car recharges. (City CarShare photo)
A City CarShare Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car recharges. (City CarShare photo)

Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Throne will help officially launch the program with an event on Sept. 11 at Schneider Electric on West Las Positas Boulevard.

Contact Heather Somerville at 510-208-6413. Follow her at Twitter.com/heathersomervil.