SAN PEDRO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 6, 2022–
Congresswoman Nanette Díaz Barragán (CA-44), author of the EVs For All Act (HR 6662) that would provide residents of 50 public housing projects nationwide with access to zero-emission cars and infrastructure for charging (alternative stations), joined San Pedro voters and Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) President and CEO Matt Petersen to see first-hand the innovative electric vehicle car-sharing program that inspired its legislation, and to defend the idea that everyone, whatever their income, must be included in the transformation of the electric vehicle.
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LACI President and CEO speaking to the community and partners of the LACI EV Car Share pilot project that inspired the EVs For All Bill (HR 6662). (Photo: BusinessWire)
During the visit by Representative Barragán and Petersen of the Rancho San Pedro Electric Car Sharing Program, they spoke to residents about the air quality and transportation issues they face, and how the program successful driver developed by LACI facilitates the mobility of residents and helps them to cope with the high prices gasoline consumption. LACI created the EV Car Share pilot project to find ways to increase equitable access to electric vehicles and charging while accelerating progress towards their transportation electrification partnership goals to be achieved by the Games 2028 Olympics, including getting 30% of cars on the road across LA County to be electric vehicles and 40% of drayage trucks serving zero-emission ports
“My public housing constituents in Rancho San Pedro are extremely burdened with toxic air pollution due to their proximity to the Port of Los Angeles, oil refineries and transportation corridors with heavy truck traffic,” said the Deputy Barragan. “We know the future is zero emissions, but without the right investments, low-income communities risk being left behind. This community deserves clean air and affordable zero-emission transportation options that will also result in cleaner vehicles on the roads in their community.
“Many communities of color face disproportionate air pollution but have absolutely no access to EV charging infrastructure or electric vehicles,” said LACI CEO Matt Petersen. “To achieve the Biden administration’s commitment to Justice40, we need to scale models like LACI’s electric car sharing pilot project that brings EVs and charging to underprivileged communities. I’m proud that Rep. Barragán’s electric vehicle-for-all legislation is modeled after the LACI pilot project we created with and for the residents of Rancho San Pedro.
The EVs for All Act, HR 6662, would authorize up to $50 million in annual appropriations from 2022-2031 for a new grant program with the Department of Energy in coordination with Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Transportation (DOT). The bill would help public housing authorities and local governments invest in electric vehicles (EVs), EV charging stations, community education and outreach, and other services and incentives to provide access to EVs in underserved communities.
HR 6662 is aligned with the Biden-Harris administration’s Justice40 initiative, a commitment to invest 40% of federal government investments in climate and clean energy in underserved communities.
The Rancho San Pedro EV Car Share is a 12-month pilot program created by LACI in partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA), Envoy and Nissan. The program, which has now been extended indefinitely by HACLA and to which LACI will soon add e-bike sharing, provides residents with two electric vehicles for rent for $3 per hour, along with dedicated spaces for charging and access. to HACLA Community Coaches who conducted outreach, registration and training. Residents use these cars to get to work, groceries, shopping, doctor’s appointments and to visit family.
At the press conference, residents told dignitaries and media that having access to shareable electric vehicles has made their lives easier.
Beatriz Mendez, a driver using LACI’s EV Car Share pilot in Rancho San Pedro, said, “I was the first in Rancho San Pedro to try the electric vehicle and was amazed at how efficient it was. was used for going to the doctor and shopping, being able to drop the kids off at school. We need to make sure something like this is available across the country. She went on to say, “We are very aware of the impact of climate change and pollution from ports and refineries, so every time I used the electric vehicle I was very aware of how it provided a healthier and more sustainable option for me and for the community here. I’m really happy about it.
“The combined efforts of our community coaches have led Rancho San Pedro drivers to embrace the idea of electric cars. Residents now understand and appreciate that these zero-emission solutions reduce pollution in their community. It’s both affordable and convenient. The Housing Authority and the residents of Rancho San Pedro are very fortunate to have this program here and we look forward to the opportunity to expand it,” added Margarita Lares, program manager for the City of Los Housing Authority. Angeles (HACLA). , and partner LACI EV Car Share Pilot.
LACI is accelerating transportation electrification in the Los Angeles area through pilot projects and policies, as well as incubating startups and training people to join the green workforce. Barragán’s office worked closely with LACI to craft the legislation.
“The success of our clean energy future requires that every resident, regardless of income, be included in the electric vehicle transformation,” said MP Barragán. “The Electric Vehicles for All Act would provide resources to low-income residents in my district and the country, who are often excluded from climate solutions. Congress must lead the way in ensuring everyone has access to electric vehicles and clean air, including people who cannot afford a car.
About LACI: The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is creating an inclusive green economy by unleashing innovation by helping scale cleantech startups, transforming markets through catalytic partnerships like the Transportation Electrification Partnership, and improving communities through workforce training and green jobs pilot projects. Founded as an economic development initiative by the City of Los Angeles and its Department of Water and Power (LADWP) in 2011, LACI is recognized as one of the top 10 innovative business incubators in the world by UBI. To date, LACI has supported 315 start-ups that have secured over $695 million in funding, generated over $308 million in revenue, and helped create approximately 2,480 jobs with a projected long-term economic impact of over of $555 million.
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