California Air Resources Board Awards a $1.6 Million Grant,
The Alternative to Private Cars ‘Offers a Glimpse of the Future’
The City of Los Angeles and community partners have been awarded a $1.6 million grant by the California Air Resources Board in support of a pilot project to provide electric vehicle car-sharing options in low-income communities. California Senator (and Senate president pro-tem) Kevin de León announced the project on Friday.
“Residents, community groups, city and state officials celebrated the hallmark program that will increase access to advanced technology and reduce carbon emissions and petroleum use,” states a release. The event took place the MPM Apartments, an affordable housing development in MacArthur Park, in the Los Angeles Westlake district off Wilshire Blvd.
“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,” 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.”
100 EVs and 110 Chargers Serving 7,000 Users
The project includes introduction of an EV fleet, installation of chargers, and education about car sharing and transportation alternatives.
The program calls for approximately 100 battery electric car-share vehicles to serve an estimated 7,000 new EV users. It is to provide “affordable last mile/first mile solutions for low-income families and other residents who do not own a car or need a second car.”
LADWP for the EV Infrastructure
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which is the nation’s largest municipal utility, will provide support for the EV infrastructure.
There are to be 110 Level 2 chargers at both on- and off-street public parking locations, with an estimated 30 attached to LED-powered street lights.
Organizers hope to help avoid the purchase of 1,000 private internal combustion engine vehicles.
The City of Los Angeles is expected to issue a Request for Qualifications for vehicle suppliers, likely in September.
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Source: California Senator Kevin de León with Fleets & Fuels follow-up