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Bellevue launches free on-demand electric car service

BellHop takes passengers on short trips around downtown Bellevue at no cost.

A small shuttle that says "Explore Bellevue Bellhop Your Free Ride" on the side, with passengers inside

BellHop launched at the beginning of August and will run through Sunday, Dec. 31.

Photo via Visit Bellevue

It’s electric — boogie-woogie-woogie. We’re talking about Bellevue’s free rideshare service that takes passengers on quick trips in electric vehicles.

BellHop is a new pilot program between Visit Bellevue and on-demand transportation Circuit that will run through the end of the year. It hopes to take care of short-distance city rides in a cost-free, environmentally friendly way.

To try it out, download the Ride Circuit app and call up a driver like you would an Uber or Lyft. The BellHop cars motor around a four-mile area including the Spring District, Botanical Gardens, and Meydenbauer Bay Park.

The app aims to get you a car within eight minutes, but drivers may pick up other passengers on the way (keep that in mind, if you’re in a hurry). It runs Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., and Friday + Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. See how a test ride went.