The California Energy Commission has awarded $1.5 million in new funding to Envoy Technologies to develop and run of a shared mobility program utilizing electric vehicles that’s meant to benefit some of Sacramento’s and the California Bay Area’s disadvantaged communities.
The Electric Vehicle Shared Mobility Program, as its known, will provide the disadvantaged communities in question with the ability to reserve shared electric vehicles (EVs) that can be used for on-demand taxi service work (Uber, Lyft, etc.), for delivery services, or for other such work.
The co-founder of Envoy Technologies, Aric Ohana, commented on the news: “We are very excited to have the opportunity to partner with the California Energy Commission. The goal of the CarShare Expansion is to create a sustainable car sharing program to serve as a model of partnership and efficient use of public funds that is easily replicated by other MSA’s within California.”
Green Car Congress provides more: “Envoy provides shared mobility as an amenity where people live, work and stay. Envoy’s turnkey solution enables the real estate industry, companies, communities and municipalities the ability to implement closed and exclusive car sharing, e-bike, and e-scooter sharing for any size community.
“Envoy partnered with ChargePoint for installation of EV chargers. Envoy also obtained letters of support from Mercy Housing and USA Properties Fund.”
Altogether, Envoy Technologies’ initial plans call for the deployment of over 80 vehicles in San Francisco Bay Area and in the nearby Sacramento Metro area as well.
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