Statement By Matt Petersen, President and CEO of Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI):
The Los Angeles CleanTech Incubator thanks Rep. Nanette Barragán for successfully advocating for the inclusion of language directing the US DOE to fund an innovative electric-vehicle-sharing program for public housing residents in the 2023 Omnibus Spending Bill. The language directs the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to prioritize providing grants and technical assistance to public housing agencies to establish EV car-sharing programs for their residents. The goal is to ensure equity in the rollout of clean electric transportation by creating opportunities for disadvantaged residents and people of color to participate in the transformation now, and reap the benefits of cleaner air and advanced technology.
This language was based on the bill Rep. Barragán introduced in 2022: H.R. 6662, the EVs for All Act, which provides $50 million each year for 10 years to expand access to EVs for public housing residents. The bill idea was based on LACI’s successful pilot EV car-sharing program at HACLA’s Rancho San Pedro public housing project in Barragán’s San Pedro district. Residents paid $3/hour to use two dedicated EVs located at the project. The San Pedro pilot program is continuing alongside LACI’s recently launched e-Bike loan program, Good2Go.
President and CEO of Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator