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LA to launch carsharing pilot project for the poor

An NGO in California is collaborating with state and city agencies to provide electric carsharing options, including 100 charging stations, in low-income residents, the first such program in the country. (Mariordo/SUMC)

Shared mobility is getting a jump-start in some of Los Angeles’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods. A first-of-its-kind carsharing pilot project would provide transportation for hundreds of thousands of Angelenos, according to the Shared-Use Mobility Center. The national advocacy group has teamed up with the city on the project.

The three-year, $1.6 million program also is designed to reduce emissions, encourage private-sector investment and raise awareness about electric vehicles. The effort is being spearheaded by LA’s municipal government and the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

About 100 electric and hybrid carsharing vehicles, and more than 100 charging stations, would be added to poor sections of central Los Angeles. The estimated 7,000 users would be expected to make to some personal sacrifices in exchange for participation. They would have to sell (or avoid buying) a total of 1,000 vehicles, the article says.

The center’s responsibilities range from establishing rental rates to generating community support.

Shared-Use Mobility Center

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