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CONGRESSWOMAN BARRAGÁN AND LACI TOUT “EV’S FOR ALL ACT” TO BRING EV CAR SHARE AND CHARGING TO PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS NATIONALLY, JOIN RESIDENTS IN HIGHLIGHTING BENEFITS FROM LACI ZERO EMISSIONS CAR SHARE PILOT AT RANCHO SAN PEDRO

Barragán and LACI CEO Matt Petersen Urge Passage of HR 6662 to Increase Access to EVs and Charging in Neighborhoods Facing Disproportionate Air Pollution such as from diesel trucks moving goods from the Port of LA; LACI’s EV car share pilot created to address equity while accelerating regional progress toward the Transportation Electrification Partnership’s 2028 target

May 6, 2022,SAN PEDRO, CA – 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 charging infrastructure (alt. stations), joined San Pedro constituents and Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) President and CEO Matt Petersen to see first-hand the innovative EV car-sharing program that inspired her legislation, and to advocate that everyone, regardless of income, must be included in the electric vehicle transformation.

During Rep. Barragán’s and Petersen’s tour of the Rancho San Pedro EV Car Share Program, they spoke to residents about air quality and transportation issues they face, and how the successful pilot program developed by LACI facilitates residents’ mobility and helps them cope with high gas prices. LACI created the EV Car Share pilot to find ways to increase equitable access to EVs and charging while accelerating progress toward their Transportation Electrification Partnership’s targets to achieve by the 2028 Olympics, including getting 30% of the cars on the road across LA county to be EVs and 40% of the drayage trucks serving ports to be zero emissions.

“My constituents in Rancho San Pedro public housing are overwhelmingly burdened by toxic air pollution due to their proximity to the Port of Los Angeles, oil refineries, and transportation corridors with heavy truck traffic.” said Congresswoman Barragán. “We know the future is zero emissions, but without the right investments, low-income communities are at risk of being left behind. This community deserves clean air and affordable zero emission transportation options that will also result in more clean vehicles on the roads in their community.”

“Many communities of color face disproportionate air pollution yet completely lack access to EV charging
infrastructure or electric vehicles,” said Matt Petersen, LACI’s CEO. “To achieve the Biden Administration’s
commitment to Justice40, we need to scale models like LACI’s EV car share pilot that brings EVs and charging to disadvantaged communities. I am proud that Rep. Barragán’s EVs for All legislation is modeled on LACI’s pilot we created with and for the residents of Rancho San Pedro.”

The EVs for All Act, H.R. 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 (EV), EV charging stations, community education and outreach, and other services and incentives to provide access to EVs in underserved communities.

H.R. 6662 is aligned with the Biden-Harris administration’s Justice40 Initiative, a commitment to invest 40% of the federal government’s investments in climate and clean energy in disadvantaged 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 an e-bike share, provides two EVs for residents to rent for $3 an hour, along with dedicated spaces for charging, and access to HACLA Community Coaches who conducted outreach, enrollment, and training. Residents use these cars to get to work, grocery shop, run errands, for doctor appointments, and to visit family.

At the news conference, residents told the dignitaries and media that having access to the shareable EVs has
made their lives easier. Beatriz Mendez, a driver user of LACI’s EV Car Share pilot at Rancho San Pedro says, “I was the first one at Rancho San Pedro to try the EV and I was amazed at how efficient it was to use it to go to the doctor and go shopping, to be able to drop the kids off at school. We need to make sure something like this is available nationwide.” She went on to share, “We are very mindful of the impact of climate change and pollution from the ports and refineries. So every time I used the EV, I was very aware of how this was bringing a healthier and more sustainable option for me and for the community around here. I’m really happy about that.”

“The combined efforts of our community coaches have led the drivers of Rancho San Pedro to embrace the idea of electric cars. Residents now understand and appreciate that having these zero emission solutions reduce pollution in their community. It’s both affordable and convenient as well. 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, Chief Programs Officer for the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA), and LACI EV Car Share Pilot partner.

LACI is accelerating transportation electrification in the Los Angeles region through pilots and policy, as well as incubating startups and training individuals to join the green workforce. Barragán’s office worked closely with LACI to develop the legislation. “The success of our clean energy future requires that every resident, regardless of income, is included in the electric vehicle transformation,” Congresswoman Barragán said. “The EVs for All Act would provide resources for low-income residents in my district and around the country that are often left out of climate solutions. Congress must lead the way in ensuring that everyone has access to electric vehicles and clean air, including people who can’t afford to own a car.”

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About LACI: The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is creating an inclusive green economy by unlocking innovation through helping scale cleantech startups, transforming markets through catalytic partnerships like the Transportation Electrification Partnership, and enhancing communities through green jobs workforce training and pilots. 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 startup
companies that have secured more than $695 million in funding, generated more than $308 million in revenue, and helped to create an estimated 2,480 jobs with a long-term projected economic impact of more than $555 million.

LACI welcomes eight game-changing cleantech startups to Incubation Cohort Four

LACI kicked-off the fourth cohort of its Incubation program by welcoming eight promising cleantech startups to its growing portfolio.

In keeping with LACI’s mission of creating an inclusive green economy, the Spring 2022 cohort is a diverse mix of members from underrepresented communities including women, black and brown entrepreneurs, LGBTQ+ and veteran founders. Cohort 4 technology sector composition features a powerful 50% Clean Energy, 25% Circular Economy, and 25% Zero Emissions Mobility startups.

Circular Fashion LA founder Karri Ann Frerichs is one of the eight entrepreneurs accepted into the program. A graduate of LACI’s Founders Business Accelerator, the startup was ready to advance their circular economy fashion solutions. By focusing on specific materials and replicable design processes, Circular Fashion LA can satisfy customers’ desire for newness and individuality in their wardrobes and home decor while eliminating waste and leaving nature to regenerate itself.

 

Bluedot is also a new member of LACI’s Incubation 4 startup portfolio. Bluedot is dedicated to providing smart electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions for smart cities and SME owners. They redefine the EV driver experience and reshape the way private and corporate fleet companies join the e-mobility movement by introducing innovative and profitable charging infrastructure for businesses of all sizes and engaging EV drivers with service providers. Co-Founder Selinay Filiz Parlak is a recent winner of the Women4Climate Lisboa 2020.


During LACI’s two-year Incubation program, startups develop their technologies, secure funding and financing, access customers and markets, test and pilot their solutions, and unlock their full potential.
Additionally, each startup team is matched with an Executive-in-Residence (EIR) who provides support in developing a roadmap to track, measure, and execute key milestones, and introduce founders to valuable business, community and funding partners. Startups in the Spring 2022 cohort will build a network with their fellow cohort members and with the greater LACI ecosystem, to foster a collaborative and supportive community for achieving growth and contributing to the global transition to zero emissions and an inclusive green economy. 

Meet the eight exciting and innovative startups that will be part of LACI’s Incubation program for the next two years:

  • Ashipa: Ashipa Electric develops renewables-based microgrids and software solutions to revolutionize the bidirectional interaction between utility (water, gas, and electric) consumers and producers.
  • Bluedot: Bluedot is a digital banking card for electric car owners. Bluedot offers a one-tap point of purchase solution for auto-related expenses and charging and cash back points for driving, charging, shopping, and dining.
  • Circular Fashion LA: Circular Fashion LA creates customizable and unique clothing and home goods on a mass scale using only post-consumer and post-industrial textile and clothing waste.
  • Clew: Clew is a countertop food waste recycling appliance that conveniently grinds, heats and dries food into a shelf-stable fertilizer that turns waste into a valuable resource. Clew’s mission is to provide tools and education for people to expand their knowledge of resource management and connection to the environment.
  • CZAR-Power: CZAR-Power is an Army veteran and MIT PhD-led cleantech company building a fully integrated energy platform. CZAR-Power combines software with multiple, traditionally expensive, cleantech power electronics like solar inverters and electric vehicle fast chargers, into one powerfully simple system.
  • facil.ai: facil.ai provides an artificial intelligence based solution to optimize energy use, resulting in a low cost, easy to install, rapidly scalable, and simple to use facilities solution.
  • GenH: GenH is a next-generation clean energy technology development company that has created a first in class, rapidly deployable, and modular hydropower system, Adaptive Hydro™. Adaptive Hydro™ is designed to electrify non-powered dams and canal heads without construction or investment in fixed infrastructure.
  • Portable Solar: A novel use of thermoplastics technology to produce PV panel mounting systems that replace traditional racking systems and enable assembly and placement of a ground-based solar generation system without the need for specialized skills. (Connection is completed by an electrician.)

These inventive startups will join a powerful and deeply connected community of 315 diverse LACI founders and alumni who are making an impact – like SparkCharge, ReWilder Goods, and ElectricFish.


TEP Partner Spotlight: East Bay Community Energy

As the only Northern California-based member of the Transportation Electrification Partnership (TEP), East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) plays a unique role in shaping our work within the Greater Los Angeles region and applying their learnings throughout the state. EBCE is the second largest Community Choice Aggregation provider in California, a public agency Joint Powers Authority (JPA), and the default Load Serving Entity formed under Assembly Bill 117 (2002). Governed by a 15-member Board of Directors consisting of elected officials from each of its JPA member communities in Alameda County and the City of Tracy (San Joaquin County), EBCE meets the electricity needs of over 60,000 commercial and industrial accounts and serves all residential accounts representing 1.7 million people. EBCE is also tasked with the development and management of energy related climate programs, including transportation electrification initiatives, that help their local government JPA member achieve local and state greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Participating in TEP since early 2020 has enabled EBCE to establish new strategic relationships with a variety of stakeholders including industry players in the medium- and heavy-duty goods movement sector that have a footprint in northern and southern California. This truly unique and dynamic partnership between TEP and EBCE enables market acceleration of zero-emission transportation statewide.

Light-duty EV Charging

One key area of focus for EBCE is light-duty electric vehicle charging. EBCE’s transportation electrification team has conducted an analysis to understand homecharging access throughout their service territory and identify critical disparities that could hinder widespread EV adoption. EBCE identified that in Alameda County alone 47% of the population are renters and 90% of all multifamily housing properties with 5+ units are 50 years old or older, which means that electrical capacity upgrades will  be likely across this building portfolio. Those upgrades are the property owner’s responsibility and not the tenants (e.g., key barrier to deploying Level 1 and/or Level 2 charging to enable home charging). Because those upgrades cannot occur quickly at the scale needed to meet the state’s goals, EBCE is prioritizing deployment of reliable, convenient, and cost-effective public fast charging options near where renters live to ensure all residents in EBCE’s service area can join the transition to EVs.

One such example is the Alameda County Incentive Project (AICP), which recently provided $17.3 million in incentives for publicly-accessible fast charging and Level 2 infrastructure. Co-funded by the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Electric Vehicle Incentive Project (CALeVIP) and EBCE, unique requirements of the program included allocating budget specifically for fast chargers that had to be located in areas EBCE identified as multi-unit dwelling “hotspots”. EBCE was also able to change the CEC’s CALeVIP rules for multifamily property Level 2 charging incentive “adders,” opening the door for any affordable multifamily provider, regardless of whether their property was in a disadvantaged community or low-income census tract boundary, to have access to this beneficial funding.

Another example of EBCE’s commitment to making the transition to EVs more accessible is their expanding fast charging network. EBCE’s equity-based strategy is focused on developing large fast charging hubs, owned by EBCE, in its multi-unit dwelling hotspots. This will eliminate charging deserts and provide access to charging for all, faster. EBCE’s first project is on the border of West Oakland and downtown in a municipal parking garage. Once built, it will be the largest fast charging hub in Oakland and 2nd largest in Alameda County with 17 dual port fast chargers. The garage is within 2 square miles of approximately 1,000 multifamily properties with 5+ units. There are currently no fast chargers in West Oakland, so this new hub will be a 100% increase in access to fast charging by nearby residents from baseline.

Medium- and Heavy-Duty (MD/HD) Goods Movement

EBCE’s electrification goals extend beyond the light-duty sector as well, as their service area is among the most strategic trade locations in the U.S. with connections to regional, state, national, and international markets. Alameda County provides most of the fundamental goods movement infrastructure in Northern California, including the Port of Oakland, Oakland International Airport and major freight corridors spanning into the Central Valley. Much of the focus on zero-emission goods movement to date has been centered on drayage trucks specifically operating at ports. However, to comprehensively transition to a zero-emission goods movement economy, EBCE’s lens is beyond port boundaries for deployment of charging infrastructure to ensure all MD/HD stakeholders have access where they need it most.

EBCE envisions an ecosystem of MD/HD goods movement vehicles that will recharge at facilities where they are domiciled, at third-party logistic facilities where they do business, and at convenient common fast charging yards that operate much like a wholesale gas station. Additionally, because origination of MD/HD goods movement vehicle trips is not exclusive to one city and is regional, a comprehensive approach to planning for this transition is necessary to bring the biggest community benefit to vulnerable populations.

Interregional Collaboration

As we push towards an electrified future, interregional collaboration will be more important than ever to ensure that the EV revolution extends beyond the Greater LA area. Through close cooperation, we can learn from other regions and share our own best practices in order to reach our common goals and create a cohesive, replicable system. Through EBCE’s active participation in TEP, we can show the world how collaboration transcends geography as we work towards an electrified California.

– Shevonne Sua, LACI Transportation Program Coordinator

The Transportation Electrification Partnership (TEP) is an unprecedented regional public-private collaboration to accelerate deep reductions in climate and air pollution by the time of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games. All of our partners have committed to work individually and collectively to pursue policies, pilot projects, and other actions that are equity-driven, create quality jobs, grow the economy, and help the region reach the bold targets in the TEP’s Zero Emissions 2028 Roadmap 2.0.

TEP Partner Spotlight: Los Angeles County

The County of Los Angeles has been a member of the Transportation Electrification Partnership (TEP) since its inception in 2018. Originally, the County’s interest in joining TEP stemmed largely from the Board’s priority to expand zero emissions goods movement, particularly around communities of color most severely impacted by transportation along the I-710 freeway given the huge environmental justice challenge that this corridor represents. Under Supervisor Janice Hahn’s leadership, the County joined TEP to accelerate its own sustainability goals and to demonstrate regional leadership in collaboration with other key stakeholders. “Clean air is a critical issue for all of us, especially the communities that have shouldered the burden of our transportation system and the harmful air pollution that it creates,” said Supervisor Hahn. “For too long we have been told we had to choose between clean air and good jobs. I know that we can and should have both.”

The County has since been instrumental in advancing the bold targets set by the Partnership in our Zero Emissions 2028 Roadmap 2.0 as we work to accelerate transportation electrification and zero emissions goods movement in the Greater Los Angeles region. “Having ambitious partners at the table making ambitious commitments has bolstered our own internal goal setting process and inspired us to be more assertive,” said Gary Gero, Chief Sustainability Officer at LA County.

This assertive goal-setting is reflected in the County’s own regional sustainability plan, known as OurCounty, which highlights 12 key goals focused on equity, accessibility, and sustainability. In particular, goals 7 and 8 emphasize the need for a fossil fuel-free County and achieving a convenient, safe, clean, and affordable transportation system that enhances mobility and quality of life while reducing car dependency. More specifically, the Sustainability Plan set the goal of installing 60,000 new zero-emission vehicle charging stations by 2025, 70,000 by 2035 and achieving 100% of all new light-duty private vehicles as zero emission vehicles by 2045. 

Leading the Way in Fleet Purchasing

The County has already shown initiative in this endeavor through an influential policy approved by the Board in April 2021. Through the Board of Supervisors’ Policy Number 3.020, the County has set an example for other regions as they have committed to purchasing zero emission vehicles when replacing all County vehicles, to the extent that they are available and that they meet operational needs. “Zero emission vehicles employ technologies that do exist, are available, and we as a County will take leadership in our purchasing,” said Gero. “This will signal to fleet managers that the future is here and we as a region need to approach this with a new way of thinking.”

This shift in perspective is vital for the region – not only for environmental reasons, but also economic reasons. Southern California is already a leader in cleantech manufacturing, as evidenced by the three electric bus manufacturers (BYD Motors, Proterra, and New Flyer) located in the region. As the largest manufacturing county in the country, LA County seeks to continue creating good, well-paying union jobs that will transform the region to a clean industry. “The cleantech revolution is an economic opportunity for the region that will help us lead the transformation of the LA region’s economy into the 21st century,” said Gero. “As we shift towards a more sustainable future, it will be imperative for us to ensure equity is built into every step of the process.” 

Mode Shift Priorities

It is this new way of thinking and leadership that is so vital not only to the implementation of electric vehicle solutions in the region, but also to how we think about the transportation system as a whole. “We need to fundamentally rethink the way we move people and make the alternative just as good, if not better, than single occupancy vehicles,” said Gero. The County highlights this as another key goal in its Sustainability Plan, aiming to increase to at least 15% all trips by foot, bike, micromobility, or public transit by 2025, 30% by 2035, and 50% by 2045. Through participation in TEP and close coordination with other stakeholders, this will be a multi-stakeholder effort that will transform the way we move around the region and think about transportation. 

As we reflect on our vision of an electrified transportation system in time for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games, it is key for stakeholders to think beyond what we believe is possible and shift the global view of Southern California as a car-centric region to one that is leading the way in clean transportation. “Being part of TEP has made us think deeply about what we thought was possible and how we can set goals that stretch the realm of possibility,” said Gero. “What might not be doable today may be doable tomorrow.” With these bold targets in place, we will work to accelerate the necessary change and go further, faster together. 

– Shevonne Sua, LACI Transportation Program Assistant

 The Transportation Electrification Partnership (TEP) is an unprecedented regional public-private collaboration to accelerate deep reductions in climate and air pollution by the time of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games. All of our partners have committed to work individually and collectively to pursue policies, pilot projects, and other actions that are equity-driven, create quality jobs, grow the economy, and help the region reach the bold targets in the TEP’s Zero Emissions 2028 Roadmap 2.0.

TEP Partner Spotlight: LADWP

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is the nation’s largest municipal utility, with over 8,000 megawatt electric capacity and serving the 4 million residents of the City of Los Angeles, its businesses and visitors. With its bold sustainability goals and leadership in transportation electrification, the utility plays an integral role as one of the founding partners of the Transportation Electrification Partnership (TEP). “TEP creates a forum for all stakeholders, not just utilities, to have input,” says George Payba, Environmental Affairs Officer at LADWP. “It fosters the creation of new ideas that otherwise wouldn’t have occurred in a closed system.”

With this collaborative spirit, LADWP has been able to go above and beyond some of its initial targets. The Charge Up LA Program, for example, provides rebates for LADWP residential and commercial customers who install Level 2 chargers (240 Volt) in their home or business in LADWP’s service area. Since its creation, this program has been highly successful to the point where LADWP has met its prior goal of 10,000 EV charging stations by 2022 two years ahead of schedule. “L.A. is on the road to meeting the city’s targets of 25,000 commercial charging stations by 2025 and 28,000 by 2028,” Payba said. 

To encourage more medium and heavy duty vehicles to go electric, the LADWP Board of Water and Power Commissioners approved a new commercial EV charging rate in November 2021 to speed expansion of publicly available, fast vehicle charging stations.

But it’s not enough to build out more EV charging stations; it’s just as important to focus on where those stations are being developed. “One of the key elements we want to focus on is putting more electric vehicle charging infrastructure in disadvantaged communities (DACs),” says Payba. In addition to rebates for EV chargers, LADWP offers a used EV rebate for up to $1,500. “Our goal is to place about 40% of EVSEs in DACs since those are the areas impacted most by the effects of climate change.”

Additionally, LA City Council recently approved an equitable hiring plan, which instructs LADWP to increase hiring from environmentally and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods and focus on “ensuring project labor agreements, prevailing wage and targeted hiring requirements” for clean energy jobs. The City anticipates creating 9,500 new jobs as part of the transition to 100% clean energy and to create a more inclusive green economy. 

In the same City Council meeting, the City of LA and LADWP took the historic step of requiring that100% of the City’s electricity come from clean, zero-carbon energy by 2035. Through a motion introduced by Councilmembers Paul Krekorian and Mitch O’Farrell, LADWP will lead the nation in this ambitious and game-changing commitment to sustainable energy. With these bold targets and key milestones, LADWP has set a precedent for the rest of the nation to continue on the path towards transportation electrification. 

As we push towards the future, it will be more important thanever for stakeholders and industries to coalesce and ensure that the region is prepared for a fully electrified transportation system. “Regional collaborations such as TEP have the power to create lasting, meaningful change as we work together to electrify our future. As we promote the discussion of innovative ideas, we look forward to future collaboration to achieve a more sustainable region,” said Payba. These efforts will undoubtedly prove worth it as we near TEP’s Roadmap 2.0 targets in 2028. He adds, “We hope that by the time the world arrives for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games, people will see what an electrified region can be. From the airport to the stadium, people will experience a cohesive, seamless,
electrified transportation system and be inspired to achieve the same in their own regions.”

– Shevonne Sua, LACI Transportation Program Assistant

 The Transportation Electrification Partnership (TEP) is an unprecedented regional public-private collaboration to accelerate deep reductions in climate and air pollution by the time of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games. All of our partners have committed to work individually and collectively to pursue policies, pilot projects, and other actions that are equity-driven, create quality jobs, grow the economy, and help the region reach the bold targets in the TEP’s Zero Emissions 2028 Roadmap 2.0.

 

TEP Partner Spotlight: BMW Group

One of the earliest industry leaders to join the Transportation Electrification Partnership in 2018, BMW has made bold strides in reaching a sustainable future through its efforts in transportation electrification. As an initial signatory of the California Clean Car Framework Agreement in 2019, the company has committed to annual reductions of vehicle greenhouse gas emissions through the 2026 model year, encouraging innovation to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles, providing industry the certainty needed to make investments and create jobs, and saving consumers money. In addition to their 2019 commitment, BMW has recently announced its goal to have electrification account for 50% of its global sales by 2030, expecting markets with attractive EV conditions to see a higher share. With bold policies being made on the local, regional, and state level, California is leading the way in this endeavor, and TEP has the right levers in place to move the LA region towards a zero emission future as we work to reach our Roadmap 2.0 goals by 2028. 

To reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, BMW has made clear that electrification is the path forward. With the all-new BMW iX in the mid-size SUV range and the BMW i4 as a 4-door sedan, electromobility has become an integral part of the BMW brand. Both models embody the company’s approach towards creating a sustainable product, as they are not only emission-free vehicles, but are also sustainably produced with regards to sourcing, production, recycling, and use of materials. Production on both vehicles has started and they will be available in the United States in the first quarter of 2022. By 2023, the BMW Group will offer a total of 25 electrified models globally (13 all-electric and 12 plug-in hybrids) which will cover 90% of all of the company’s vehicle segments. Thiemo Schalk, Government Affairs representative from BMW of North America says: “A great strength of BMW always was to have the right offer at the right time. We are very proud to be bringing the BMW iX and i4 to the U.S. market very soon, both will meet our customers’ expectations and pave the way for our all-electric product offensive to come real soon.”

This type of auto manufacturer commitment is a key driver in promoting the use of electric vehicles. By providing consumers with reliable zero emission vehicle options, EVs will become more accessible and attractive to consumers. 

Furthermore, BMW Group’s sustainability goals extend beyond the sale of electric vehicles; the company has taken a holistic approach not only to transportation electrification, but also to the sustainability of their supply chain and production process as a whole. The goal is a cut of at least 50% of GHG emission by 2030. The recently presented BMW Group i Vision Circular vehicle, for example, presents new ideas of how future BMW Group vehicles can merge sustainability with mobility through the circular economy principles: Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. With the aim of achieving 100% use of recycled materials alongside bio-based raw materials, this vehicle will be a model for the company’s commitment to circularity, and thus decarbonization. 

The BMW Group is the first automotive manufacturer to set concrete company targets for reducing CO2 emissions in its supply chain by 2030, making it a pioneer in auto manufacturing circularity.

“The electrification of our products is one important way to reduce GHG emission,” says Thiemo Schalk. “Yet, real sustainability is more than that – we must avoid a shift of these emissions into the supply chain and battery production, and have to ensure ethical labor conditions and compliance with environmental standards all at the same time. The BMW Group has taken measures already to achieve this, and with our circularity strategy we keep on driving it even further.”

With these bold plans for transportation electrification and incorporating circularity in the production process, charging infrastructure will become increasingly important in the years ahead. For this reason, the automaker is among TEP partners that are keen to develop the right charging solution for everybody – at home, at work, on-street, and super-fast DC charging at hotspots and along all routes. Making electromobility available to everybody is the main task of this decade, the BMW Group believes. The more abundant and accessible charging infrastructure is, the sooner and easier the shift towards EVs will be.

Though work remains to achieve decarbonization and widespread electrification, with close cooperation between providers, utilities, government, and other stakeholders, a sustainable future becomes closer to our reach.

“We believe that there is more than enough innovative spirit and tangible solutions to tackle the challenge, much of which are gathered in TEP. This makes us a proud part of TEP, and together we will succeed,” Thiemo Schalk said. 

The BMW i Vision Circular. Source: BMW Group

LA Cleantech Incubator (LACI) calls for $1B global cleantech city pilot fund & announces LACI’s $50M US climate innovation funds to accelerate equitable climate action at COP26

Helping Cities Invite Innovation Through Global Pilot Fund & Creating Regional Collaboration Such as the Transportation Electrification Partnership Can Help Unlock $5T & Slash GHG Emissions by 35%; LACI Funds Include First in U.S. National Cleantech Debt Fund to Improve Access to Capital Particularly for Underrepresented BIPOC and Female Founders

During a panel session on Accelerating Equitable Climate Innovation and Action today, Brian Cox joined host and LACI CEO & President Matt Petersen, Phoenix, AZ Mayor Kate Gallego, Edison International SVP Caroline Choi, Audi of America Director of Government Affairs & Sustainability Spencer Reeder, and former California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols to call for a $1 billion Global Cleantech Cities Climate Fund and announce LACI’s $50 million cleantech innovation funds–including the nation’s first ever cleantech startup debt fund–to accelerate equitable cleantech innovation in cities.

As identified in the December 2019 “Cleantech Cities” report released by LACI, PwC, and C40 at COP25 in Madrid, if cities can better invite innovation and remove barriers to funding for startups there could be a $5 trillion market created and and an increase in reduction of GHGs by 35% can be realized. Based on the strategies identified in the report, LACI’s Transportation Electrification Partnership partnered with the City of Santa Monica to invite corporate and startup innovations to work together to create the US’ first Zero Emissions Delivery Zone pilot in Santa Monica.

In issuing the call to create a $1B Global Cleantech City Pilot Fund and urging the modeling of regional public private collaborations such as the Transportation Electrification Partnership, Petersen discussed how cities & regions across the globe can: 

  1. Invite innovation from startups and corporates to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve services, and improve equity for underserved, disadvantaged communities who are overburdened with air pollution and climate impacts; 
  2. Co-fund pilot innovation (using budget and in-kind resources from cities and local governments) with Pilot Fund sources secured from federal governments, finance agencies, philanthropic sources, and possibly corporate dollars; and
  3. Scale successful solutions through needed policy and business model interventions

Please contact Regan Keller at laci@antennagroup.com to schedule an interview with Petersen.

Apply for LACI Startup Incubation Program Cohort 4

Apply Now for LACI Startup Incubation Program Cohort 4

Are you a cleantech startup striving to create solutions in energy, transportation, or smart cities that would benefit from hands-on support through market access, business services, and introductions to funders?

LACI has welcomed 35 startups into our ecosystem through our last three cohorts. Cohort 1 and cohort 2 founders have raised over $62 million in equity, including investment from LACI’s Impact Fund, and have deployed more than 10 pilots with eleven more on the way. Cohort 3 is just getting started! LACI is eager to welcome even more startups to the community and is now taking applications for Cohort 4 until January 3rd.

How does LACI identify leading technologies and startup innovation?
Based on the market activity in 2020/2021, LACI is looking for startups solving problems in Clean Energy, Zero Emissions Mobility, and Sustainable Cities

LACI is committed to advancing the transition of a zero-carbon, secure, and reliable grid to increase regional air quality, create more local jobs, and reduce emissions. The past year revealed community-wide vulnerabilities that have created opportunities in cybersecurity and wildfire resilience, flexible load technologies in collaboration with utilities, and integration of vehicle-to-grid and vehicle-to-building technologies to shorten the time when EVs use the grid. 

To build an inclusive green economy, LACI is also looking to support startup-led innovation focused on zero emissions mobility of people and goods. LACI’s Transportation Electrification Partnership (TEP) for example, works together with policymakers, corporate partners, and other private-public collaboration to help achieve the following goals in Los Angeles by the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games: 

  • Accelerate the adoption of electric light duty vehicles to be 30% of all vehicles on the road and 80% of those sold
  • Shift at least 20% of all single passenger vehicle trips to zero emissions public and active transportation
  • Ensure that 100% of all public investments in goods movement will advance zero emissions solutions

Using this roadmap, LACI wants to work with companies that can help utilize innovative technologies and solutions to make the movement of people and goods connected, shared, and electric. Some examples of these solutions include: Real-time data reliability and multi-modality, low-cost, high visibility mobility hubs for first/last mile mobility, zero emissions last mile urban goods delivery, and more.

LA’s New Green Deal of zero waste to landfill by 2050 is another example of the regional initiatives LACI supports through our startup leadership in our Sustainable Cities Program. Some solutions we’re focused on include digital tools and new business models to create equitable and circular value chains, next generation products and materials to reduce waste, zero waste goals and waste diversion. 

Apply now, scale later
LACI’s Incubation Program startups pave the way for climate innovation in Southern California. Companies like ChargerHelp! are training the next generation of tech engineers through LACI’s Workforce Development Program to move the needle forward on EV adoption, gaining interest from investors to close an oversubscribed seed round

We’re only 4 weeks in and Cohort 3 startups are forging relationships with their fellow cohort members, setting roadmaps with their Executive Coaches, and gaining insights on their roadmaps and milestones! 

Beyond the investment team, LACI’s Incubation Program Cohort model provides a community with hands-on curriculum, impact driven resources, industry connections and partnership pipeline, as well as direct feedback from individual Executive in Residence coaches and expert mentors. 

For Cohort 4, we’re looking for startups in our main technology priorities that are dedicated to making a positive impact on Southern California environmentally, socially, and economically. 

Founders who have built a novel technology that has deployed or is ready to be deployed in pilots should apply. Teams should include two or more members dedicated to incorporating diversity and inclusion through impact and creation of new jobs in the region.

Apply now and join LACI to scale faster and increase your impact in your community. If you’re unsure about your eligibility or have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Pipeline Team at pipeline@laincubator.org.

Power Day 2021: Celebrating the LA Regional Energy Innovation Ecosystem

Last Month, the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) hosted its Third LACI Power Day, which brings together stakeholders in the California clean energy ecosystem to celebrate innovation accomplishments that have resulted from bold policy commitments. 

Opening Remarks 

The event opened with a welcome from LACI’s President and CEO, Matt Petersen who acknowledged the continued devastating wildfires and heat waves and applauded the accelerated clean electric grid by 2035 commitment that the LA City Council

Meg Arnold, SVP of Market Transformation at LACI, then joined the stage to highlight LACI’s accomplishment over the past 5 years as LA’s Regional Energy Innovation Cluster and its programing extension over the next 5 years granted by the California Energy Commission’s Electric Program Investments Charge (EPIC) Program

Power Talk Panel: Pilots Success

In the first panel session of that day, LACI gathered companies from last year’s pilot pitch showcase – TBM Designs, Maxwell Vehicles, and SEED –  to discuss how their pilot projects are making a positive impact on LA communities and the clean energy transition. The Panel was moderated by Kate Schox, Founding Partner of TrucksVC, who invested in one of LACI’s companies as a result of the 2020 Power Day event. 

Incubation Pilot Pitches 

As part of LACI’s Incubation Program, LACI offers up to $20,000 in financial support to advance startup development. LACI’s Incubation Cohort 2 program showcased their proposed pilots that will soon launch. We look forward to showcasing some of their successful projects in 2022.  Startups included: ChargeNet Stations, Chargeway, ElectricFish Energy, HIVE, GreenTek Packaging, IQHi Inc., PLUS, Rent-a-Romper, Sensagrate, Verity Packaging.

Power Talk Panels

The second part of the event, LACI hosted two panels focused on industry challenges. The “Building Electrification” Panel focused on the momentum we have seen accelerate towards building electrification with an emphasis on an equitable transition. The panel was moderated by Kyle Cherrick, the VP of Business Development at Electrum who steered the conversation among Vida Asiegbu, Principal at Energy Impact Partners; Srinidhi Sampath, Sustainable Housing Policy and Program Manager at the California Housing Partnership; and Kevin Clark, Region Sales Manager of Utility and New Construction for Rheem Manufacturing Company

The “Lessons Learned from 2021 Summer Grid Conditions” Panel was led by Simran Suri, Investor at Equal Ventures who navigated the panels through a reflection on what this summer has taught us and how we can continue to collaborate to ensure the health and safety of our communities as we transition to a zero-carbon grid. The panel brought together Lauren Faber O’Connor, Chief Sustainability Officer of the City of LA; Michael Backstrom, VP of Regulatory Policy for SCE; JP Harper, Global Leader of Itrons Distributed Energy Management; and John Westerman, Director of Microgrid Project Development at Schneider Electric

Keynote Speaker Address 

After the panels, California Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot provided a keynote speech. The Secretary discussed the impact California’s economy and government have had on the state’s clean technology growth and how California continues to catalyze clean energy innovation in the nation.

 

 

Innovators Lightning Pitch Showcase

In the early afternoon, we showcased LACI startup companies in our Innovator’s program through a quick pitch showcase. The Innovators Program is a free, one-year program sponsored by the California Energy Commission that enables LACI to support cleantech entrepreneurs with commercialization support services in LA, Orange, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. The startups featured were Biozen Batteries, MeterLeader, Rhoman Aerospace, Rivieh, The Hurd Co., and Veloce Energy

Remarks from California CCA Executive Director

In the last part of the day, California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) Executive Director Beth Vaughn provided remarks on how CalCCA will support the state’s energy goals and strengthen local resilience. Beth closed by giving praise to the strides cleantech entrepreneurs have made and the hope they and LACI continue to give her as we work together to support a sustainable future. 

Moving forward

Recently LACI welcomed 10 startups into its 3rd Incubation Cohort and 13 startups into its 6th Innovators Cohort that will have the opportunity to participate in next year’s Power Day and other events LACI hosts in the Clean Energy Innovation Ecosystem. We look forward to next year’s Power Day as we continue to collaborate with the ecosystem to achieve an inclusive green economy.

To learn more about LACI’s Pilots Programs email Pilots@LACI.org. For more information on the startups featured in this event or how to invest in a LACI Startup email investments@LACI.org.

 

LACI startup ChargeNet Stations to install EV chargers at San Francisco Taco Bell

A company that runs 216 Taco Bell restaurants is installing an electric-vehicle charging station at one of its San Francisco locations, and could install more across the US. The chargers are managed by software from ChargeNet and built by Tritium, and they’re being installed in the restaurant’s parking lot.