MORGANTOWN , W.Va . West Virginia University isintroducing its first hourly rental car program, called WE Car , on August 5.

Students, who live on campus, and academic departments seeking to cut back on travel expenses, may access a hybrid rental car on a short-term basis. The rental charge is $9 per hour, which includes insurance coverage and fuel. Drivers may rent a car for a maximum of 15 hours per day.

Two Toyota Prius hybrids will be parked on Maiden Lane beside the Mountainlair and two more at the Evansdale Residential Complex.

These hybrid-powered cars are great for people who do not or cannot bring a car to campus, and theres an environmentally friendly bonus to them,said Hugh Kierig, director of transportation and parking.WE Car is part of our WE GO ! campaign for alternative transportation and will help reduce the parking demand in and around the WVU campuses.

Drivers can sign up online to rent a WE Car at . WE Car eligibility is limited to persons 18 years or older, and those under 21 must provide parental consent for additional insurability. After registering online, go to to login and reserve a car. Once drivers reserve their time and location preference, a car will be assigned to them.

At 10:30 a.m. on August 5, a WE Car will be on display in front of the Mountainlair. President James Clements will attend the car-sharing launch, and members of the community are invited to attend and learn more about the WE Car program.

For more information on WE Car and WVU Transportation and Parkings WE GO programs, visit .