California To Establish Electric Car Sharing Program For Low-Income Families
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) awarded $1.6 million to the City of Los Angeles to set up a carsharing pilot program in low-income, disadvantaged communities.
According to the fact sheet, there will be fleet of 100 cars, out of which at least 80% will be electric.
The project goal is to recruit an estimated 7,000 new EV users and avoid the purchase of 1,000 private internal combustion engine vehicles.
110 Level 2 AC charging points will be installed to support the project.
“SB 1275 directs the Air Resources Board to establish a suite of equity programs aimed at making clean cars and trucks accessible to low- and moderate-income Californians. These include electric vehicle carsharing programs in disadvantaged communities; financing options that would lower combined monthly car payments and fuel costs; and incentives for the replacement of gas-guzzling “clunkers” with new or used electric cars or vouchers for transit and car-sharing.”
Senator De León said:
“Fighting smog and climate change so that our kids can breathe clean air requires more transportation options that don’t rely on dirty fossil fuels. This electric car-sharing pilot project offers a glimpse of the future, and represents the type of shift in policy, infrastructure, and behavior that we need.”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti commented:
“Our EV car sharing pilot is a perfect example of how our State’s Cap and Trade dollars should be put to work: providing transportation options for Angelenos in need, and helping us achieve our clean air goals outlined in my Sustainable City pLAn. I commend Senator Kevin de León’s leadership in creating the Charge Ahead program and thank CARB for selecting L.A. for this important grant.”
California Air Resources Board Chair Mary D. Nichols remarked:
“Once again California is putting its money where its mouth is — by making the cleanest cars available in neighborhoods and communities where they are most needed.”