The primary wave of VW e-Golfs for automotive sharing hit the streets in Sacramento
Envoy Applied sciences and Electrify America (Volkswagens’ subsidiary), as introduced earlier this yr, launched a community-based automotive sharing system with electrical automobiles in Sacramento, beneath the Electrify America Inexperienced Metropolis initiative known as Sac-to-Zero.
Initially, there are greater than 20 Volkswagen e-Golf at over 10 multi-family properties, outfitted with AC Degree 2 charging stations. In 2019, when the undertaking might be accomplished, 142 EVs are to be out there at 71 areas (flats, inns and workplaces). 75% of EVs might be in deprived communities.
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“The businesses joined Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg at an occasion to unveil the primary EVs, and description the imaginative and prescient for future growth.Greater than 20 Volkswagen e-Golf autos are actually out there throughout Sacramento at over 10 multi-family properties, every with an accompanying Degree 2 charging station. Nearly all of these websites are in deprived communities the place drivers can use the “Envoy There” cell software to make use of autos for a myriad of makes use of, together with private errands or exploring job alternatives in new areas.
Envoy’s automotive share program is a part of Electrify America’s $44 million funding in a complete initiative, Sac-to-Zero, which is designed to shift mobility option to electrical mobility choices. The initiative is meant to extend entry to zero-emissions autos (ZEV) within the Sacramento space, increase ZEV expertise use, and put together the Metropolis for future electrical automobile adoption.
“We’re extraordinarily proud to collaborate with Electrify America and produce this deployment to fruition solely months after being introduced,” mentioned Envoy co-founders Aric Ohana and Ori Sagie. “With because of Electrify America, the Metropolis of Sacramento, and Mayor Steinberg’s workplace, we are able to provide drivers easy accessibility to EVs, particularly drivers from deprived communities, the place transportation choices are typically scarce.”
“The arrival of Envoy in Sacramento will give our residents who battle to search out dependable transportation an inexpensive, clear choice for getting round,” mentioned Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg. “It’s one other step in our Metropolis’s evolution right into a nationwide mannequin of fresh, shared mobility. We're thrilled to companion with Electrify America on this effort.”
The Sac-to-Zero initiative options two new automotive sharing providers, new ZEV bus and shuttle routes and state-of-the-art electrical automobile charging methods all through the Sacramento space.
“Envoy is the primary of a number of zero-emission automobile initiatives to be funded by our Sac-to-Zero investments,” mentioned Wealthy Steinberg, Senior Director, Advertising and marketing, Communications and Inexperienced Cities at Electrify America. “We're excited to start the rollout of this program in Sacramento and stay up for launching extra ZEV transportation decisions for the residents of the Sacramento space.”
The total undertaking is anticipated to be accomplished early in 2019. Envoy’s fleet will finally characteristic greater than 140 autos in over 70 totally different areas.
The Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Company (SHRA), which was created to make sure the continued growth of inexpensive housing in Sacramento, was an early collaborator with Envoy to assist determine automotive sharing areas.
“The company is worked up about being one of many main companions on this effort,” mentioned Tyrone R. Williams, director of growth, SHRA. “Because the Housing Authority for the Metropolis and County we're dedicated to offering mobility choices in public housing communities and to residents in underserved communities.””