California To Establish Electric Car Sharing Program For Low-Income Families


L.A. Selected to Debut Electric Vehicle Car-Sharing Project

L.A. Selected to Debut Electric Vehicle Car-Sharing Project

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.”

Source: Green Car Congress , Kevin de León

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Nice! Now other parts of the country should learn from these 2 programs (the low-income purchase subsidy announced a while back, and the carsharing).

Just to forestall the usual “Why give $$ to the poor!?!?!?!” flame wars that ensue on story threads like this one:

It is a fact, that EVs have thus far been visible and deemed accessible only to the well-off.

This, despite the fact that the Leaf in particular has been eminently affordable, at least on paper, for the past 2.5 years, and that used Leafs have been ridiculously cheap for the past 1+ years.

Beyond economic barriers (including credit rating), there are social and awareness barriers, as in “these are rich people toys” or “what can these cars do anyway?”.

Any program that helps break these barriers faster, is a net gain for the EV segment as a whole, even leaving aside broader environmental and economic-policy questions.

Have a good day!

How are the poor going to pay for a tow truck if the BEV they rented runs out of charge? If they leave the EV where the battery died, will the car sharing company charge the renter’s credit card a penalty for a late return, and then charge for the tow truck, sticking the renter with the tow fee?

From personal experience with Zip Car, bringing back a car late, incurs a significant penalty fee. With urban traffic jams, it is sometimes impossible to predict how long it will take you run your errands. To avoid a late-return penalty fee you end up reserving the car for and extra hour or two that you probably don’t need, but you pay for as insurance.

One thing I hate about car sharing is that the cars can and often are left absolutely filthy by the previous renter, because the car sharing company doesn’t clean the cars between car shares. People are freaking pigs! Very often you have to throw out the previous renter’s garbage from the car and sweep off the seats if you don’t want to sit in their garbage/food-crumbs/crap, but sometimes there are liquid spills like ice cream or ketchup that you just can’t or don’t want to clean up. [rant off]