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State Budget Brings $10 Million to LACI to Support Clean Mobility, Cleantech Workforce Development, BIPOC and Women Entrepreneurs

California Senator Maria Elena Durazo and Assemblymember Miguel Santiago secured the funding for LACI and announced the investments which will benefit communities across LA County

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) announced today that $10 million has been allocated in the state budget to advance innovative zero emission transportation initiatives, clean-energy pilot programs, workforce development, and assistance for underserved communities and entrepreneurs in Los Angeles County.

California Senator Maria Elena Durazo and Assemblymember Miguel Santiago joined LACI CEO Matt Petersen to announce the new funding at a July 23 press conference at the La Kretz Innovation Campus. The funding, which was finalized when Governor Gavin Newsom signed the budget on July 12, was sponsored by LACI and championed by Durazo and Santiago.

“The future is green and the investments we make now to propel Los Angeles’ cleantech industry will pay dividends in clear air and good-paying jobs that will lift underserved communities out of poverty and make our neighborhoods healthier,” said Durazo. “As we move toward a post-pandemic recovery, we need to build a strong and resilient future that gives everyone the healthy and economically vibrant communities they want and deserve.”

The funding will support local investments in electric-vehicle and clean- energy pilot projects, green workforce training for residents in underserved communities and support for underrepresented cleantech startup founders.

“Our communities deserve to breathe clean air, work good paying jobs, and thrive in tomorrow’s economy,” said Santiago. “It took a pandemic for my neighbors to breathe clean air. $10 million represents an investment in our children’s future, in our communities’ prosperity, and in the health of our neighbors and friends. I’m so proud to have the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator in my district, as they are making leaps and bounds to ensure our communities are included in the green economy and that we move away from fossil fuels.”

A LACI report released in January projected that more than 600,000 jobs could be created in Los Angeles County in the clean energy, transportation electrification, and other cleantech sectors.

“Los Angeles is increasingly becoming the epicenter of the nation’s green transition, and the state’s investment in a more sustainable and equitable future gives us the boost to ensure that the full potential of the sector’s environmental and economic benefits happen here in LA for the communities that need it the most,” Petersen said.

The state budget allocations for Los Angeles include:

  • Clean energy and transportation pilot expansion in underserved and disproportionately burdened communities: This new state funding will leverage existing resources to reduce air pollution and enhance communities by deploying emerging innovations for mobility, goods movement, and clean energy. The funds will also support smaller technology pilots for LACI startups.
  • Green economic recovery through job training: Funding will also target green job training focused on underserved communities by providing classroom education, hands-on training in the field, and paid internships performing EV charging maintenance, electric vehicle repair, and software development.
  • Support for BIPOC and women-owned startups: Funds will also support underrepresented founders and their emerging startups which are focused on advancing and bringing to market solutions for zero-emissions transportation, clean energy, and the circular economy.

 ABOUT LACI

LACI is creating an inclusive green economy by: unlocking innovation through working with startups to accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies, transforming markets through partnerships with policymakers, innovators and market leaders in transportation, energy and sustainable cities; and enhancing communities through workforce development, pilots and other programs. Founded as an economic development initiative by the City of Los Angeles and its Department of Water & Power (LADWP), LACI is recognized as one of the most innovative business incubators in the world by UBI. Learn more at laci.org 

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National Coalition Led by Transportation Electrification Partnership and LACI Launches Digital Campaign Urging Congress to Fund Electric Vehicle Incentives and Charging Infrastructure

Federal investments in zero emissions mobility and goods movement will reduce disproportionately higher rates of respiratory diseases caused by air pollution in disadvantaged communities of color

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today a national coalition of over 100 companies, organizations, and local governments in 18 states launched a new digital campaign to urge Congress to support President Joe Biden’s proposed funding for electric vehicle incentives and investments in charging infrastructure. The coalition was created by the Transportation Electrification Partnership (TEP), a growing coalition of cleantech companies and organizations representing business, labor and startup innovation, led by the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI).

As Congress debates a path forward on infrastructure legislation, the digital campaign aims to keep a spotlight on the critical need to invest in zero emission transportation at levels that address long-standing environmental justice issues. Air pollution caused by gas-powered cars and trucks disproportionately affects communities of color, which suffer from increased rates of childhood asthma, lung disease, and heart disease.  

In a series of digital video and stationary ads titled “The Same Air,” TEP makes a direct case for Congress to make the necessary investments to address the plight of frontline communities that are choked by air pollution caused by the movement of goods and people. 

In his American Jobs Plan, President Biden proposed $174 billion in funding for EVs and EV charging. In April 2020, the Transportation Electrification Partnership began calling for a $150 billion federal stimulus proposal to support zero emissions vehicle manufacturing and innovation, infrastructure deployment, public and active transit, job training, high-quality workforce standards, and support for related startups and small business, prioritizing those started by underrepresented founders. In March 2021, over 100 companies, business organizations, and others sent a letter in support of this proposal to Congressional leaders.

TEP’s EV stimulus plan mirrors President Biden’s call in his American Jobs Plan plan to electrify transportation, while creating jobs and fighting the climate crisis, including: 

  • EV incentives for cars and trucks, and support for manufacturing
  • Charging stations and utility upgrades
  • Zero emissions transit and safe streets for walking and biking
  • Workforce development and job training
  • Innovation from startups and support for underrepresented founders 

TEP estimated its proposal could create up to 2.3 million jobs across the country, according to research from economic advisory firm HR&A. The analysis estimates that the proposed $150 billion in stimulus investment would boost employment in all sectors, with 1.4 million jobs expected to build out our nation’s zero emissions transportation infrastructure alone.

Click here to view TEP’s 30-second digital ad “Same Air”. 

About TEP

The Transportation Electrification Partnership 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 by pursuing bold targets, pilots, initiatives, and policies that are equity-driven, create quality jobs, and grow the economy. TEP is chaired by LACI CEO Matt Petersen.

The TEP Leadership Group includes Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti, Southern California Edison, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, County of Los Angeles, California Air Resources Board, LA Metro; the TEP Advisory Group includes BMW Group, Itron, PCS Energy, Engie Impact, Audi of America, Nissan Group of North America, Proterra, BYD Motors, IBEW 11/NECA, and many others.

About LACI

LACI is creating an inclusive green economy by: unlocking innovation through working with startups to accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies, transforming markets through partnerships with policymakers, innovators and market leaders in transportation, energy and sustainable cities; and enhancing communities through workforce development, pilots and other programs. Founded as an economic development initiative by the City of Los Angeles and its Department of Water & Power (LADWP), LACI is recognized as one of the most innovative business incubators in the world by UBI. Learn more at laci.org

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Addressing Cleantech Gaps & Opportunities in Los Angeles

Last month, LACI shared findings and insights from its Cleantech Gaps & Opportunities Report with 37 investor partners interested in learning about LACI’s technology priorities and its portfolio companies with clean technology solutions. The Gaps & Opportunities Report builds off of LACI’s Market Landscape Report by further examining barriers associated with its technology priorities and identifying strategic opportunities to transform markets and support the commercialization of clean technologies.

The nature and landscape of cleantech and early-stage startup companies is constantly evolving. As new investment strategies are implemented, market needs change and new environmental challenges emerge, industry leaders in the energy innovation ecosystem often rely on market reports and insights from the world’s leading analyst companies. These insights paint a broad illustration of the global or national market; however, they do not always provide in-depth detail about early stage cleantech investment opportunities at the local level.

 To address the need for insights at the local level and to better assess how to accelerate early stage cleantech companies and transform markets to catalyze commercial adoption, LACI started producing its own market research reports in 2019. These reports leverage market insights related to its recruitment efforts for early stage cleantech companies. 

During this year’s briefing, LACI held three simultaneous briefing sessions on energy, transportation, and the circular economy industry solutions allowing investors to attend sessions based on their investment vertical interest. In those sessions, LACI’s Market Transformation Directors presented on the industry specific key findings from each report, the emerging technology opportunity areas, and barriers for market adoption. 

Energy
As California prepares for summer and its fire season, energy resilience and the health of the grid’s infrastructure is on everyone’s minds. To prevent the blackouts and grid strain witnessed in 2020, State energy regulators have acquired approximately an additional 3,500 megawatts of capacity. As a part of LACI’s work to support the state’s energy goals in the transition to a reliable, zero-carbon grid, LACI continues to prioritize startup companies that provide technological solutions to manage load flexibility and provide diverse battery storage systems.Companies like ElectricFish (Incubation Cohort 2) are working to integrate distributed energy resources (DERs) with EV chargers to provide clean, robust sources of power to communities. Their technology helps further validate vehicle grid integration technology as well as support opportunities to leverage similar technologies for seamless demand response dispatch with an offering that reduces grid connection costs and peak power requirements at charging sites.

Building decarbonization will play a critical role in helping the city of Los Angeles meet its 100% zero-carbon grid by 2035 and Clean and Healthy Buildings Targets: 100% of buildings becoming net zero carbon by 2050 and reducing building energy use by 44% per sq ft. by 2050. In support of this effort, LACI is working to identify companies with technology solutions that can catalyze necessary building upgrades and retrofits to achieve the net zero carbon goals. 

Transportation
With California and the Biden administration making significant commitments to zero emissions transportation in line with the bold targets the LACI-convened Transportation Electrification Partnership’s (TEP) has set for the Los Angeles region, LACI highlighted a number of relevant opportunity areas, including charging infrastructure for multi-unit dwellings and infrastructure for heavy-duty battery-electric trucks.

One LACI startup, SparkCharge (Incubation Cohort 1), is advancing the adoption of electric vehicles in Southern California with its innovative EV charging technology. SparkCharge is a scalable EV charging solution that ends range anxiety by providing charging infrastructure solutions at a fraction of the cost and rapid deployment to consumers. Its Roadie is the world’s first and only ultrafast, portable EV charging system helping EV owners charge up wherever they need. SparkCharge is helping to provide temporary solutions to multi-unit dwellers in urban areas without onsite charging capabilities.

 

LACI startup and TEP partner, AMPLY Power is addressing electric heavy-dutytruck and bus infrastructure by managing charging services for electric vehicle fleets, optimizing time-of-use and demand-charge pricing. AMPLY technology supports opportunities for improving microgrid management for electric fleet charging and better assisting fleet managers in balancing local power demands.Additionally, LACI has conducted site assessments of nearly a dozen properties along the heavily trafficked I-710 corridor to identify prime investment opportunities for charging infrastructure to support heavy-duty battery-electric drayage trucks serving the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

 

Sustainable Cities
The global textile industry misses out on $500B per year due to underutilized materials, poor recycling practice and nonexistent circular infrastructure generating tons of post industrial pre-consumer textile waste. To reduce its waste generation, the city of Los Angeles has set ambitious goals to send zero waste to landfill by 2050. LACI’s Sustainable Cities work, with a focus on circular economy, supports this regional initiative by recruiting diverse startups with technologies that advance material diversion and  generate new materials or products using circular practice. LACI Startup The Hurd Co. (Innovators Cohort 5) works to reduce agricultural waste by turning it into fabric. The technology integrates into existing manufacturing supply chains and provides proof of concept for the scalability of circular and next generation materials in traditional markets.

Insights like these and many more found in the reports inform LACI’s partners of the local cleantech market landscape, the barriers and solutions needed to transition to a clean energy future and highlight LACI’s recruitment priorities. 

 

Incubation Cohort 3 & Innovators Cohort 6 Recruitment
LACI is currently seeking startup companies with clean technology solutions for both its Innovators and Incubation Programs. Technology priorities for both programs include Zero Emissions Mobility, Clean Energy, and Sustainable Cities/Circular Economy. We are also actively recruiting for mobility companies in our late stage (Series A and beyond) pilots-focused program. For more information about LACI Incubation Services and which program you should apply for contact pipeline@laci.org. Incubation applications close June 28th, Market Access applications close June 30th, and Innovators Applications close July 6th, so apply today!

To learn more about how you can partner with LACI contact development@laci.org.

 

LACI Market Access Cohort 3 Recruitment is Live

Over the past nine years LACI has worked with hundreds of startup companies to help them raise outside funding and gain traction in the market – empowering startups to increase their social, economic and environmental impact in their community. 

One year ago, we launched our Market Access program – a holistic, pilots-focused program for later-stage startups deploying leading cleantech solutions in Southern California. Today, we are excited to open recruitment for our Market Access Cohort 3, launching autumn 2021.

Our Market Access program includes Envoy, Urb-E, Circuit, Automotus and Zoomo, who are partnering with us in deployments covering EV car share for low-income communities in San Pedro and Pacoima, neighborhood EV shuttles in Leimert Park, and helping us launch the nation’s first zero emissions delivery zone in Santa Monica.

To date, Market Access companies have raised an average of $16M across investors such as Maniv Mobility, Baron Davis, UBS, Building Ventures, Denso, Contrarian Ventures, and more for their Series A and B raises. 

LACI’s pilots have a proven track record in creating transformative outcomes, demonstrating (for example) the importance of curb management in shifting mobility patterns or the potential for mobility-as-an-amenity to drive community adoption of EVs. Results of LACI pilots reach far beyond the Los Angeles region, as national and global organizations look to LACI for scalable cleantech solutions. 

Cohort 3 represents a unique opportunity for a funded deployment in partnership with LACI alongside pilot partners including LA DOT and LA Metro, in collaboration with underserved, overburdened communities in the Los Angeles area in 2021 and 2022.  In particular, we are aiming to deploy leading edge micro-mobility solutions (two-, three- and four-wheeled zero emissions vehicles and solutions) across the following categories: 

  • Micromobility – small, lightweight vehicles operating at speeds typically below 25 km/h and driven by users personally, including providers of e-bike adaptive micromobility, adaptive scooters, three- and four-wheeled devices for adaptive mobility, and more.
  • e-bikes – providers of e-bike fleets and can include one, some or all of the following: commuter, cargo, youth, adaptive micromobility or transportation solutions for all people, especially those with disabilities, and more. 
  • e-bike rental operations & maintenance – operators of e-bike hubs and libraries to provide management and maintenance of bike fleets; e-bike maintenance trainers also sought.
  • e-bike infrastructure – solutions that provide supportive infrastructure for e-bikes; features sought include storage, security, charging capacity (on or off-grid), marketing, education, etc. Solutions can provide all, one or some of these options. 

For more details, please reach out to Molly Crete (molly@laci.org) and attend the information session on June 16, 10:00-11:00am. RSVP here

Apply here. Applications for Market Access Cohort 3 are due June 30, 2021.

U.S. Department of Energy awards $9.5 Million to Support Clean Energy Innovation and Commercialization across America

Energy Program for Innovation Clusters Strengthens Innovation Ecosystem Development in Ten Regions Around the United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today awarded Energy Program for Innovation Clusters (EPIC) funding to ten incubators and accelerators that will harness regional ingenuity and resources, develop pipelines for energy technology to reach the market, and stimulate the formation of new businesses to reach the Biden-Harris Administration’s goal of a net-zero carbon economy by 2050.

“The clean energy market is growing at a breakneck pace, and America’s innovators need the tools to keep up on a competitive global stage,” said Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “This funding fills a critical need for targeted financial support to incubators and accelerators that provide opportunity for aspiring energy entrepreneurs looking to fight climate change, create jobs, and empower underserved communities.”

This funding announcement is the second of a two-part program created by DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions (OTT)—in collaboration with DOE’s Building Technologies Office, the Arctic Energy Office, and the Office of Electricity—to support robust energy innovation ecosystems and stimulate energy hardware development in regions across the United States. Previously, DOE awarded $1 million to 20 incubators and accelerators across the nation.

“I was proud to support the Midwest Regional Innovation Partnership and its partners’ request for this Department of Energy grant, which has the potential to grow the innovation ecosystem in the Midwest,” said U.S. Senator Dick Durbin. “This federal funding will increase the rate of technology commercialization in the region and help companies create more high-tech domestic jobs.”

“I’m thrilled to see the Department of Energy announce $9.5 million to support clean energy innovation and commercialization. This funding will bring together researchers, innovators, investors, and adopters from across the energy innovation ecosystem to act as a catalyst for the development, commercialization, and transfer of energy technologies. I fully support strengthening the portfolio of technologies we are researching, enhancing their commercialization, and pursuing every opportunity to advance the United States’ competitive advantages, and I will continue to push for investments in these much-needed technologies of the future,” said U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

“Los Angeles has long been known as America’s innovation hub and an emerging leader in technology and clean energy. Today’s announcement is both welcome news for the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator and the City of Los Angeles as this $1 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy will help encourage the growth of new clean-tech jobs in California’s 34th Congressional District and beyond,” said U.S. Representative Jimmy Gomez. [Read the full press release.]

Today’s funding awards allocate approximately $9.5 million across ten organizations:

  • Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) (Los Angeles, CA) – Leveraging a Southern California Energy Innovation Cluster to Pilot & Validate Emerging Energy Technologies (Award Amount: $1,000,000). LACI aims to scale the impact of its incubation program and accelerate the momentum of early-stage companies toward investment and customer-paid commercial deployments of their emerging clean energy technologies through startup pilots designed with input from stakeholders across the clean energy ecosystem within the Los Angeles County/greater Southern California region.
  • New Energy Nexus (New York City, NY) – The Clean Fight: Bringing NY’s Best (Award Amount: $992,970). New Energy Nexus NY’s project will create a statewide energy storage hardware innovation cluster to accelerate New York’s energy storage manufacturing industry, positioning it as a U.S. hub for energy storage innovation, research, development, and manufacturing.
  • Clean Energy Trust (Chicago, IL) – Midwest Regional Innovation Partnership (MRIP) (Award Amount: $909,411). MRIP will enable Midwest energy hardware and related technology startups to scale, attract capital, create jobs, and drive economic development in the Midwest. MRIP will launch three new accelerator programs, which will benefit from MRIP partners’ collective expertise, resources, and reach.
  • Regents of New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, NM) – New Mexico Clean Energy Resilience and Growth (NM CERG) Cluster (Award Amount: $1,000,000). NM CERG will work with regional stakeholders to pivot current and create new programming for an idea-to-business pipeline for startups commercializing clean energy technologies.
  • Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY) – Energy Program Innovation Cluster for Equity and Health in Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings (EPIC GEB) (Award Amount: $750,000). Syracuse’s project will fertilize the regional ecosystem of companies making energy hardware and related products required to achieve next-generation Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings. The project will emphasize products for the building sector of the economy, which takes advantage of the region’s long history of successful businesses in this sector. Following DOE’s Equity in Energy Initiative, ventures and companies will learn about the positive outcomes that can be achieved through development, design, and construction of hardware through an equity lens.
  • United States Research Impact Alliance (USRIA) (Morgantown, WV) – IMPACT Accelerator (Award Amount: $1,000,000). USRIA’s IMPACT Accelerator will identify and mature federally funded technologies that have the potential to solve a targeted set of challenges for the energy and manufacturing industries. The IMPACT acceleration process operates with a “market-pull” orientation and more deeply engages with industry stakeholders on the targeted issues.
  • Launch Alaska (Anchorage, AK) – Launch Alaska Transportation and Energy Accelerator (LATEA) (Award Amount: $882,999). Launch Alaska will stimulate energy and related hardware technology development and rapidly expand the growing cluster of innovative companies developing and deploying energy solutions in Alaska. The project will enhance Launch Alaska’s resilience and operational sustainability, leading to greater development of transportation and energy-related hardware technologies in Alaska.
  • Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO) – Colorado Energy Innovation Collaborative (CEIC) (Award Amount: $1,000,000). Colorado State University’s project will create an energy hardtech accelerator that will support two cohorts of up to 20 founders. The proposed Rockies/Plains Energy Accelerator for Commercializing Hardtech (REACH) is tailored to the specific needs of the Rocky Mountains Great Plains region – an area spanning over 40% of the Lower Continental United States that produces 25% of the nation’s energy.
  • E4 Carolinas, Inc. (Charlotte, NC) – Regional Energy Hardware Innovation Accelerator (Award Amount: $999,704). E4 Carolina’s project will identify and define the region’s energy hardware clusters and engage cluster members to support the accelerator in selectively identifying U.S. hardware-focused ventures each year, connecting ventures with advisors and resources, and building regional capacity for innovation though proof-of-concept demonstrations with prospective customers.
  • VertueLab (Portland, OR) – Northwest Cleantech Innovation Network (NWCIN) (Award Amount: $999,613). VertueLab’s project will add new programs to specifically address the challenges facing new energy hardware technology start-ups. NWCIN will establish a regional entrepreneurial support system and network of resources for integrated outreach, education, and company screening, and will provide support to Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska entrepreneurs and cleantech startups through four assistance programs.

Established in 2015, OTT advances the economic, energy, and national security interests of the United States by expanding the commercial impact of DOE’s research and development portfolio. OTT spearheads programs that support commercialization and fosters DOE’s strong internal and external partnerships that guide innovations from the lab to the marketplace.

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Apply for LACI Startup Incubation Program Cohort 3

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 25 startups into our ecosystem through our last two cohorts. Cohort 1 founders have raised over $6.7 million in equity, including investment from LACI’s Impact Fund,  and have deployed three pilots with seven more on the way in the first year of our Incubation Program. Cohort 2 is just getting started! LACI is eager to welcome even more startups to the community and is now taking applications for Cohort 3 until June 18.

How does LACI identify leading technologies and startup innovation?

Based on the market activity in 2020, 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. FreeWire, which also supports easier EV adoption just closed a $50M Series C to continue scaling infrastructure. 

FreeWire was one of eight portfolio companies that received investments from LACI’s Impact Fund and we’ve also been able to support pilot demonstrations by our startups across the state. In the first three months, Cohort 2 startups have already taken advantage of presenting in front of TEP working groups, connecting with our partners at LADWP, meeting dozens of investors, and actively engaging in curriculum sessions to better support each other. 

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 3, 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.




CERO Bikes Launches Preorders of Award-Winning CERO One Compact Electric Cargo Bike

Blog by LACI Portfolio Company CERO Bikes 

The reimagined CERO One launches for preorders today at cero.bike after winning the coveted EUROBIKE Gold Award for electric cargo bikes.

Through a continued partnership with veteran cycling industry engineers Forrest Yelverton and Zach Krapfl, CERO Bikes updated the original, groundbreaking CERO One with improved components and features.

One Bike, All Your Daily Needs
The CERO One is for anyone who wants a bike that can do a bit of everything: commuting, light errands, dropping kids off at school, and leisure riding. It is the ultimate compact electric cargo bike, striking a perfect balance between nimble size and wide-ranging capabilities. And it’s fun to ride!

Made to Carry Cargo
Groceries? Backpacks? Pizza boxes? Children? Carry it all, up to 77 pounds, with the convenient LODEN modular cargo rack system, designed specifically for CERO bicycles. Three sturdy aluminum baskets mount on both the front and rear racks so you can customize the bike to your needs.

Smooth and Powerful
Never arrive sweaty at your destination again. The efficient Shimano E6100 motor
system boosts your pedaling up to 20 mph and gives you up to 105 miles of range on
a single charge. And with the Gates Carbon Drive™ belt and Shimano Inter-5E internal
hub gears, your bike will be smooth, silent, and nearly maintenance-free.

Easy to Ride
The CERO One’s unique design makes it easy for anyone to ride. Getting on and off is
a breeze thanks to the low-step frame, even when the bike is loaded with cargo. The
small front wheel gives you more stopping power and keeps the weight lower for a
more balanced ride.

Built to Last
The custom aluminum frame is strong and sturdy, but we don’t stop there. All CERO bicycles come equipped with top components from brands like Shimano, ABUS, Schwalbe, Ergon, and Gates. This gives you superior ride quality and a reliable, low-maintenance bike.

Tech Specs
At just over 68 inches long, the new CERO One is the same length as a standard bicycle. All bikes come with top tier components including the Shimano e-bike
system, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, custom rear and front racks, Schwalbe tires,
Satori adjustable stem, Ergon handlebar grips and saddle, ABUS frame lock, double
kickstand, custom fenders, and lights in the front and back. See the full specs here.

In Production Now
The new CERO One is in production in Taiwan and is expected to ship to customers
in August or September. Customers can choose between a Platform, Small Basket,
and Big Basket which can be placed on the front or rear rack of the bicycle. The
starting price (including a front platform) is $3,799.

Electrify America Invests Over $1.6 Million in STEM Programs and Workforce Development to Drive Brand-Neutral Zero Emission Vehicle Education

Ultra-fast charging network funds Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) initiatives, workforce training with four grassroots organizations to support electric vehicle education in California, U.S.

Reston, VA (March 1, 2021) – Electrify America is investing over $1.6 million in funding to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and workforce development programs, projects, ideas, concepts and related sponsorships to help promote zero emission vehicles (ZEVs), ZEV technology and ZEV infrastructure. The investment will award four organizations funds to develop and launch educational and training programs to support K-12 and community college students as well as workers through vocational training in California and across the country.

This initiative builds on the company’s ongoing support for brand-neutral electric vehicle (EV) education and awareness across the U.S. These STEM and worker training programs will specifically address the need to educate students on EVs through new curriculum, as well as provide on-the-job vocational training that will be critical to developing a workforce of future engineers, software developers, battery technicians, energy management specialists, construction managers and a wide variety of additional jobs that the industry will have a strong need for as it continues to grow.

“Investing in science, technology, engineering and math programs will not only educate students and workers about electric vehicles, but it will help prepare them for the countless career opportunities that exist in the vast EV ecosystem,” said Will Berry, corporate social responsibility manager, Electrify America. “The electric vehicle and charging infrastructure industries need a workforce rooted in a strong STEM foundation, and we’re helping support future career development by teaching and training students about these types of jobs.”

Through an open and rigorous request for proposal process of more than a dozen applicants, Electrify America has awarded funding to four organizations who specialize in STEM and EV education:

• Ecology Action
• Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
• The National Energy Foundation
• Valley Clean Air Now

These STEM programs will build on Electrify America’s previous multi-million dollar investments with numerous California-based community and diversity-focused organizations, as well as growing education and infrastructure investments in low income, disadvantaged communities, and rural areas. Investment in community-based organizations remains a strong component of the company’s broader commitment to educating all Americans on the benefits of driving electric.

“Challenging students to learn about the benefits of emissions-free technology with curriculum and vocational training will help drive the transition to an electric transportation future,” said Berry. “Electrify America’s investment in STEM complements our ongoing support for communities across California and the nation.”

A focus on equity remains a cornerstone in all decision-making processes at Electrify America, with emphasis on investing in programs that reach diverse, low-income and disadvantaged communities. In 2019 Electrify America invested a total of $82.4 million in these California communities by providing education, access, charging infrastructure and services to promote ZEV driving, including $10 million in education and marketing.

The four organizations that will be supporting STEM and workforce development activities through Electrify America’s investment will develop programs that target students nationally or in California. Additional information on the selected organizations and the campaigns that Electrify America will support, including quotes from each program leader, includes:

Ecology Action: Ecology Action, a California-based environmental non-profit, is partnering with Fused Learning, LLC, a California leader in STEM education, to promote awareness of and deliver STEM education about the long-term adoption of Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV), ZEV technology, and ZEV infrastructure. Their initiative will focus on reaching students in grades 4 – 8 through their ZEV Future for All program. https://ecoact.org/about-us/community-engagement/electricvehicles

“STEM learning focused on zero emission vehicles is an ideal combination for giving the next generation the knowledge and skills to build a more sustainable and resilient future,” said Kirsten Liske, Vice President of Community Programs, Ecology Action. “We are excited to partner with Electrify America to bring this subject to a diversity of children across northern California to spark their interest and imagination.”

The National Energy Foundation (NEF): NEF will develop a national STEM program (excluding California) promoting EV adoption that focuses on grades K – 12, community college and vocational training through virtual or live presentations, student challenges, curriculum development, postsecondary webinars and expansion of its “rEV’ program around EV education. NEF is a unique 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to increasing energy literacy through the development, distribution and implementation of educational materials and programs related to energy, natural resources, energy efficiency, energy safety and the environment. https://nef1.org

“NEF’s ‘rEV’ program is an extraordinary opportunity to present today’s technology-driven students with the benefits of EVs through a STEM-based multimedia curriculum. The program provides the launch for all STEM-loving students to be introduced to ZEV (zero-emission vehicle) technologies and the possibilities of future careers,” said Elissa Richards, President, National Energy Foundation.

Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI): LACI will focus on STEM education in California through workforce development, vocational training, and Zero-Emissions Mobility and Community Pilot Project programs, with specific emphasis on training and certifying workers for electric vehicle (EV) charging station repair and additional EV industry jobs. LACI’s approach to transportation electrification workforce development is unique because it offers participants hands-on access to LACI’s state-of-the-art Advanced Prototyping Center (APC) facilities with expertise in Open Charge Point Interface (OCPI) and Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP), and convenes their portfolio company employers to provide a seamless employment transition for graduates of their workforce development programs. https://laincubator.org

“Through our STEM curriculum and ZEV-focused technical training, LACI’s APC Fellowship Program not only prepares our graduates for ZEV-related workforce opportunities, but also shifts their perspectives around the importance of transportation electrification in our communities,” said Estelle Reyes Madrid, Senior Vice President, Enhancing Communities, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator.

Valley Clean Air Now (VCAN): VCAN will reach community college automotive students through curriculum and vocational training, partnering with the California New Car Dealers Association and Bakersfield College to help set up a future of new “green collar” careers in the EV industry, specifically for low-income and disadvantaged communities. VCAN is a 501(c)(3) public charity committed to quantifiably reducing air emissions in California’s San Joaquin Valley, the region with the worst air quality in the United States. https://valleycan.org

“The adoption of electric vehicles presents the opportunity to train the next generation of vehicle technicians for well-paying careers,” said Rocky Carlisle, Valley Clean Air Now. “Trained and certified electric vehicle technicians are in short supply, so these graduates will be in high demand.”

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About Electrify America
Electrify America LLC, the largest open DC fast charging network in the U.S., is investing $2 billion over 10 years in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, education and access. The investment will enable millions of Americans to discover the benefits of electric driving and support the build-out of a nationwide network of workplace, community and highway chargers that are convenient and reliable. Electrify America expects to install or have under development approximately 800 total charging stations with about 3,500 DC fast chargers by December 2021. During this period, the company will be expanding to 29 metros and 45 states, including two cross-country routes, delivering on its commitment to support increased ZEV adoption with a network that is comprehensive, technologically advanced and customer friendly. Electrify America earned the “2020 EV Charging Infrastructure Best-in-Test” award from umlaut, an independent testing & validation company, as published in Charged Electric Vehicles Magazine noting the brand’s accessibility and seamless customer experience. Electrify America’s Electrify Home® offers home charging solutions for consumers with flexible installation options. Electrify Commercial® provides expert solutions for businesses looking to develop electric vehicle charging programs. For more information, visit www.electrifyamerica.com and media.electrifyamerica.com.

Media Contact
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LACI Launches First-In-Nation Zero Emissions Delivery Zone with City of Santa Monica & Partners Including Nissan, Ikea

Pilot Advances Transportation Electrification Partnership’s Bold 2028 Emissions Reduction Targets; Policy and Technology Innovations Include Curb Management, EV Last-Mile Delivery

What Others Are Saying

SANTA MONICA, CA — Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) and the City of Santa Monica have officially launched and deployed a first-in-the-nation Zero Emissions Delivery Zone (ZE Delivery Zone) within a one-square mile voluntary area partnering with tech and delivery companies and community organizations. The concept for the Santa Monica ZE Delivery Zone was generated by LACI’s Transportation Electrification Partnership (TEP). TEP includes local government officials, utilities, state regulators, automakers, industry leaders, labor, and startups working together to reduce air pollution in the greater Los Angeles region by accelerating transportation electrification and zero emissions goods movement in advance of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“With the explosion of last mile delivery of goods and food during the pandemic, the zero-emissions delivery zone in Santa Monica will help us advance policy and technology solutions needed to reduce air, climate, and noise pollution as well as congestion while creating a blueprint for other cities to follow,” said Matt Petersen, CEO of LACI and Chair of TEP. “In addition to helping advance the bold goals of the Transportation Electrification Partnership, the pilot will also help unlock innovation from startup entrepreneurs, strengthen local small businesses, and grow the green workforce.”

“To reduce and ultimately eliminate our carbon emissions, we need to look at all aspects of the transportation sector. This pilot with LACI will use smaller and cleaner technologies to deliver goods instead of the large diesel-fueled trucks we’re used to seeing on our streets,” said Santa Monica Mayor Sue Himmelrich. “Beyond reducing carbon and congestion, the added bonus is that restaurants can keep higher margins of sales on delivered food items. This is coming at a critical moment in our recovery and we look forward to new insights on zero-emissions delivery and the possibilities beyond our one square mile test zone.”

“As Nissan accelerates our journey to carbon neutrality, we are proud to build on our partnership with LACI to support Zero Emissions Delivery Zone pilots. This pilot comes at a critical time as delivery service continues to increase,” said Rachel Nguyen, Director of Nissan Future Lab and a TEP Member. “With the Zero Emissions Delivery Zone we will support local businesses and further our shared goal of reducing air pollution, GHG emissions, and improving safety.” 

“At IKEA, we believe in a zero-emission transportation future. The Santa Monica ZEDZ pilot program will offer an opportunity to showcase the demand for zero-emissions delivery, and serve as an example to other retailers and cities looking for a model to replicate. Groundbreaking solutions begin with a simple idea, and we are excited to showcase these solutions with this pilot program,” said Steve Moelk from the Ikea Group.

What Others are Saying about the ZE Delivery Zone
Several other elected officials, major delivery partners, startup tech providers, and community groups also celebrated the launch of the ZE Delivery Zone–see what they’re all saying here.

Who is Participating in the ZE Delivery Zone so far?
The pilot zone brings together over 15 partners including Ikea, Axlehire, Guayaki, Alsco Uniforms, Foodcycle, Shopify, and REEF Technology to voluntarily deploy and test zero emission modes for last mile delivery in Santa Monica’s Downtown, Main Street and Ocean Park neighborhoods. The tech providers include LACI startups Automotus, Maxwell Vehicles, Circuit, and FreeWire as well as collaborations with Coco, Kiwibot, Tortoise, Rollo, Blue Systems, Fluid Truck, Motiv Power Systems, Nissan, ROUSH CleanTech, and Lightning eMotors

How will the ZE Delivery Zone Work?
To support the current pilot participants and encourage others to join, the ZE Delivery Zone will provide priority curb access for zero emission delivery vehicles in select loading areas in the zone. Technology from Automotus will: monitor and analyze all vehicle activity in each curb zone while protecting privacy; collect anonymized data for studying impact on delivery efficiency, safety, congestion, and emissions; and make real-time parking availability data available to ZE Delivery Zone drivers.

How will the ZE Delivery Zone help Achieve TEP’s Targets? 

To achieve the Zero Emissions 2028 Roadmap targets, LACI and TEP members–of which Santa Monica and Nissan are members–have advocated for policies such as zero-emissions zones, congestion pricing, and reducing vehicle miles traveled. To help reach these targets the Santa Monica ZE Delivery Zone will:

  • Advance emissions reductions policies and tools:  With growing diesel emissions from last-mile delivery vehicles as well as heavy duty drayage trucks moving goods from ports to warehouses, the zone will provide insights for cities, regulators, and industry leaders to create zero emissions zones and reduce long-term exposure to pollution. 
  • Pilot curb management solutions: With up to 20 zero emissions priority curb areas in the most congested core of the zone, zero emissions delivery use, congestion, safety, dwell time, and other metrics will inform future deployments of zero emissions zones and congestion pricing across Los Angeles and other urban centers. 
  • Demonstrate technology innovations: By deploying and demonstrating technologies needed for zero emissions delivery zones, Santa Monica and LACI will explore how best to meet operational needs, create local green jobs, and improve quality of life. Innovations will include:
    • Multiple electric micromobility solutions or food and parcel delivery; 
    • Medium-duty and light-duty electric delivery vehicles for goods; and
    • First-in-the-nation commercial medium-duty electric truck- sharing & charging available for local small businesses.

About the Zero-Emissions Delivery Zone
LACI and TEP issued an RFI for communities and neighborhoods across the County of Los Angeles, and the City of Santa Monica was selected as the Zero Emissions Delivery Zone partner. Over the last year, LACI staff and TEP (of which the City of Santa Monica is a member) worked with businesses, community groups, and other partners to develop the zone. The zone is a one-square mile area in the commercial activity core of Santa Monica.  The zone is roughly bound by Wilshire Blvd on the north, Lincoln Blvd on the east, Dewey Street (City boundary) on the south, and the Pacific Ocean on the west. The zone covers ZIP codes 90401, 90405, and 90403 and is home to 15,850 residents, and two primary commercial districts—Downtown Santa Monica (including Third Street Promenade) and Main Street—that together employ roughly 28,900 workers in a wide range of industries. These areas welcome millions of annual visitors, and are hubs of commercial, social and institutional activity, providing the perfect showcase for cities across the nation on how to adopt a zero emissions delivery zone. Learn more at https://laci.org/zedz

About LACI and the Transportation Electrification Partnership
The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator’s (LACI) mission is to create an inclusive green economy by unlocking innovation via startup incubation, transforming markets via catalytic partnerships like TEP, and enhancing communities via pilots and workforce development. Founded by LACI in May 2018, TEP is an unprecedented public-private partnership focused on accelerating reductions in climate and air pollution by pursuing bold targets, pilots and policies that are equity-driven, create quality jobs and grow the economy. TEP’s Roadmap 2.0 details these the partnership’s goals, including the target for 60% of all medium-duty delivery trucks on the road in LA County to be electric by 2028.

What Others Are Saying About the Zero Emissions Delivery Zone in Santa Monica

RELEASE: LACI Launches First-In-Nation Zero Emissions Delivery Zone with City of Santa Monica 

This week Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) and the City of Santa Monica have officially launched and deployed the first-in-the-nation voluntary Zero Emissions Delivery Zone (ZE Delivery Zone) in a one-square mile area of the city partnering with tech and delivery companies and community organizations. Here is what everyone involved is saying:

 

LACI CEO and Chair of the Transportation Electrification Partnership (TEP) Matt Petersen

“With the explosion of last mile delivery of goods and food during the pandemic, the zero-emissions delivery zone in Santa Monica will help us both advance policy and technology solutions needed to reduce air & climate pollution, noise, and congestion while creating a blueprint for other cities to follow. In addition to helping advance the bold goals of the Transportation Electrification Partnership, the pilot will also help unlock innovation from startup entrepreneurs, strengthen local small businesses, and grow the green workforce.” – Matt Petersen, CEO of LACI and Chair of TEP 

ELECTED OFFICIALS

Santa Monica Mayor Sue Himmelrich
“To reduce and ultimately eliminate our carbon emissions, we need to look at all aspects of the transportation sector. This pilot with LACI will use smaller and cleaner technologies to deliver goods instead of the large diesel-fueled trucks we’re used to seeing on our streets. Beyond reducing carbon and congestion, the added bonus is that restaurants can keep higher margins of sales on delivered food items. This is coming at a critical moment in our recovery and we look forward to new insights on zero-emissions delivery and the possibilities beyond our one square mile test zone.” — Santa Monica Mayor Sue Himmelrich

Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
“The Zero Emissions Delivery Zone advances the vision laid out by the county’s Climate Action Plan to take actions that reduce air pollution, improve community health, and create sustainable jobs. I am hopeful that this model can be applied by cities across the county in ways that move our entire region toward a greener and more sustainable future.” — Supervisor Sheila Kuehl

California State Senator Ben Allen
“With this pilot, Downtown Santa Monica and its surrounding communities and businesses are showing that city streets can be cleaner, safer, more innovative. During the pandemic, package deliveries, e-commerce, and food deliveries have reached an all-time high. This program serves as a sustainable solution that lessens the impact of pollution from vehicles, while also providing support for our small businesses by helping them reach their customers. I’m proud to see these home-grown creative solutions from LACI and the City of Santa Monica.” — Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica)

California State Assemblymember Richard Bloom
“The Zero Emission Delivery Zone is an exciting initiative that will solidify Santa Monica as a leader in innovation on the world stage. This pilot will serve as a model for other cities to adopt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality for the health of their communities while also providing economic opportunity to small businesses.” — Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica)

ADVISORY + TEP PARTNERS

Nissan North America
“As Nissan accelerates our journey to carbon neutrality, we are proud to build on our partnership with LACI to support Zero Emissions Delivery Zone pilots. This pilot comes at a critical time as delivery service continues to increase. With the Zero Emissions Delivery Zone we will support local businesses and further our shared goal of reducing air pollution, GHG emissions, and improving safety.” — Rachel Nguyen, Director of Nissan Future Lab

ROUSH Clean Tech
“We at ROUSH Clean Tech are committed to advanced transportation solutions- as evidenced by our new BEV truck deployments and decades of experience in alternative fuel vehicles. The launch of the Zero Emissions Delivery Zone will provide the opportunity for our technologies to reduce emissions in the goods delivery sector- and then scale these solutions in additional communities.” — Chelsea Jenkins, VP of Government and Industry Relations.

Southern California Edison
“We are pleased to have supported LACI in developing and launching the Zero Emissions Delivery Zone pilot in Santa Monica. Innovative projects like ZEDZ will help bring California and our local communities closer to the 75% of electric vehicles that SCE believes need to be on the road by 2045 to achieve the state’s climate goals.” — Michael Backstrom, Managing Director of Energy and Environmental Policy

Urban Movement Labs
“Transportation technologies have the potential to address some of our region’s most pressing challenges, including sustainability and climate change, particularly when designed with community needs at the forefront” said Lilly Shoup, interim Executive Director of Urban Movement Labs. “UML is excited to work with LACI and the City of Santa Monica in developing new partnership approaches and identify opportunities to replicate elements of the zero-emissions delivery zone across the region.” — Lilly Shoup, interim Executive Director of Urban Movement Labs

COMMUNITY PARTNERS 

Ocean Park Association
“As deliveries continue to grow, the Zero Emissions Delivery Zone project in Ocean Park will bring innovation right to residents’ doors. Local deliveries will be faster and safer, and without the truck noise and fumes we’ve come to hate. That’s why OPA is so pleased to be a community partner to this exciting program. From Amazon to a snack from a local restaurant, more and more deliveries are coming our way. OPA fully supports the Zero Emissions Delivery Zone project as an innovative partnership to keep our air cleaner and our streets safer.”

Climate Action Santa Monica (CASM)
“Climate Action Santa Monica is honored that our city was chosen as the pilot location for LACI’s ZEDZ project.  This innovative program meshes perfectly with our city’s goals for carbon reduction, improved mobility and economic vitalization.  All of these are especially important during the Covid pandemic.  We are eager to see the ZEDZ ramp up and become a model climate solution for other communities.”

Main Street Santa Monica
“Main Street is super excited to be a part of this forward-thinking pilot program. We’re confident it will provide our community with an advantage. Even better, it will serve as a blueprint for green delivery initiatives around the country moving forward.” — Hunter Hall, Executive Director

Downtown Santa Monica
“Santa Monica prides itself on being a sustainable and innovative city that spearheads and embraces initiatives that have positive impacts on the environment at home and around the world. Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. is thrilled to be working with the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator to pilot their Zero Emissions Delivery Zone project in our community to help build a green network of delivery options for downtown businesses and residents, decrease congestion in the downtown core, and collect insights that we can share with other communities in our region.”

Santa Monica Spoke
“Santa Monica Spoke is truly excited to participate in this innovative pilot program that explores how zero emission and alternative delivery vehicles, like e-bikes, can help reduce congestion, GHG emissions and support local businesses as we all adjust to “a new normal.”  Exploring new models for mobility with merchants, community and neighborhood organizations in support of a more environmentally and economically resilient Santa Monica, we are looking forward to safer, more equitable use of public space and resources that benefit everyone.” — Cynthia Rose, Director

DELIVERY PARTNERS

Guayaki
“Guayaki Yerba Mate is excited to participate in the Santa Monica Zero Emission Zone by providing electric vehicle delivery of Guayakí products to Santa Monica. Collaboration between NGOs like LACI and brands like Guayakí Yerba Mate are critical for achieving a zero emission future.” — Gretchen Grani, Regeneration & Sustainability Lead

FoodCycle LA
“FoodCycle is a Los Angeles based nonprofit dedicated to feeding people – not landfills and to addressing the environmental impact of food waste.  An estimated 40% of food in the US is wasted – food thrown into landfills creates methane gas and contributes to climate change.  FoodCycle is leveraging technology to reduce the environmental impact of recovering food.  We partnered with Maxwell to incorporate sustainable vehicles that are produced by refurbishing gas or diesel vans and converting them into electric vans.   We’re dedicated to working collaboratively with other organizations looking for innovative solutions to environmental and social challenges and are proud to be part of this innovative program.”

Shopify
“We’re on a mission to reverse climate change which means we need to eliminate delivery emissions. We’re excited for the findings of the ZEDZ pilot and look forward to incorporating them into our sustainability work.” — Stacy Kauk, Director of Shopify’s Sustainability Fund

Alsco Uniforms
“Alsco Uniforms business model is laundering reusable uniforms and linen, so by nature we provide a sustainable service to the community. Adding electric fleet to deliver these products was a no brainer for us.” — Frank Lopez, General Manager Los Angeles branch

Axlehire
“AxleHire, a FedEx and UPS competitor for last-mile delivery services, is thrilled to be working with the city of Santa Monica in establishing a zero-emissions delivery zone. Santa Monica is one of many cities where AxleHire has leveraged its unique delivery methods and services to achieve net-neutral emissions. This latest success in Santa Monica proves AxleHire is well-positioned to help California pave the path to zero emissions by 2030.” — Daniel Sokolovsky, Founder 

IKEA
“At IKEA, we believe in a zero-emission transportation future. The Santa Monica ZEDZ pilot program will offer an opportunity to showcase the demand for zero-emissions delivery, and serve as an example to other retailers and cities looking for a model to replicate. Groundbreaking solutions begin with a simple idea, and we are excited to showcase these solutions with this pilot program.” – Steve Moelk from the Ikea Group

REEF
“At REEF, our mission is to cultivate sustainable, livable neighborhoods by bringing the world to your block. With our footprint of NBHRD hubs and zero emissions delivery and logistics solutions, we’re committed to being a key piece of LACI’s vision of creating an inclusive green economy. We’re thrilled to be participating in Santa Monica’s groundbreaking Zero Emissions Zone.” –Kley Sippel, General Manager for Southern California

TECH PROVIDERS: 

LACI COMPANIES

Automotus
“With cities around the world seeing a rise in delivery traffic, we’re incredibly excited to support this landmark effort to drive commercial adoption of electric vehicles right here in our hometown. We’re looking forward to working with an amazing cast of partners to build a playbook for incentivizing a move towards more sustainable vehicles.” — Jordan Justus, CEO

Maxwell Vehicles
“Maxwell Vehicles is incredibly excited to be a part of LACI’s zero-emissions delivery zone with incredible partner companies driving our eVans. Together, we’re making an impact with cost-effective, long-range, electric cargo vans on the streets of Santa Monica. Opportunities like this are essential to shifting the last-mile delivery boom and urban transportation paradigm to all electric.”

Freewire
“FreeWire is thrilled to offer our mobile charging solution as part of LACI’s Zero-Emission Delivery Zone project. LACI is rethinking the regional delivery model to reduce emissions, and we’re excited to integrate Mobi as a key provider of sustainable off-grid power. By employing a suite of innovative technologies, we hope this pilot will provide a template for cities to effectively transition towards a clean energy economy.” — Ethan Sprague, VP Sales & Marketing

Circuit
“Circuit applauds the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator and the City of Santa Monica for their innovative thinking with the launch of the first Zero Emissions Delivery Zone in the US. We are excited to participate in the ZEDZ by providing electric last-mile parcel deliveries as an extension of our electric last-mile shuttle service in Santa Monica.”

OTHER PROVIDERS: 

Fluid Truck
“We are excited for the opportunity to partner with the LACI program on this pilot project as we hope that it will serve as the blueprint for other cities around the country as they look to drive their sustainability goals.” — James Eberhard, CEO & Founder of Fluid Truck

Rollo
“Delivery of food and goods has never been more important, and the Santa Monica Zero Emissions Delivery Zone is a great place to showcase Rollo’s healthy neighborhood delivery. Rollo technology empowers delivery. We have developed a zero-emissions delivery vehicle that can be driven autonomously, controlled by a remote operator, and ridden by a human. These operating modes along with Rollo’s unique form factor are key elements that enable faster delivery and operation of a relationship-centric delivery service that sustains restaurants’ connection to their customers. We are looking to grow our great set of forward-thinking Santa Monica partners.” — Ryan McLean, Co-Founder & CEO

Coco
“Coco is thrilled to partner with LACI and the City of Santa Monica to bring our zero emission, low-cost delivery service to the ZEDZ pilot.  With Coco, local restaurants and markets avoid the high fees, pollution, and traffic generated by traditional delivery services.  Our deliveries are also contact-free, providing our customers, vehicle pilots, and partner businesses, a safer option during the pandemic.  We believe the ZEDZ pilot will be a tremendous success and that other cities will be quick to follow!” — Zach Rash, CEO

Kiwibot
“Kiwibot is excited to join the ZEDZ pilot in Santa Monica. Our cute, cooler-sized kiwibots will accelerate the adoption of robotic delivery by creating an emotional link with Santa Monica locals. Our bots provide eco-friendly services for customer convenience. Amongst others, we have partnered with Shopify for order placement, and Blue Systems for operational data via MDS. Our primary mission is to support Santa Monica in reducing city emissions and developing a better infrastructure for the future.”

Motiv Power Systems
“Electrifying Alsco’s fleet is another important step in the fight to eliminate air pollution stemming from the combustion of fossil fuels. Motiv’s EPIC F-59 step vans are ideal for LACI’s Zero Emissions Delivery Zone (ZEDZ) to help drive clean transportation. We hope the learnings from this project can be utilized to scale efforts nationwide.” — Matt O’Leary, Chairman and CEO

Lightning eMotors
“Deploying commercial zero emission electric vehicles now is an investment that is critical for workforce development, provides outcome fleet data by flipping the history switch and has positive health impacts for our local communities today and our future generations. Lightning eMotors is proud to support LACI and Santa Monica in this groundbreaking pilot and provide the blueprint for future zero emission zones to follow.”

Tortoise
“Tortoise remote-controlled sidewalk delivery carts that can carry 100+ pounds of groceries, meal kits, parcels, and retail goods will be a perfect compliment to the Santa Monica ZEDZ program.  Tortoise empowers any business, small or large, to offer their customers the magic of affordable zero-emissions same-day delivery. We couldn’t be more excited to work with the Santa Monica community to demonstrate how safe, friendly, and accessible remote-controlled sidewalk delivery can be!”

Blue Systems
“We are humbled and very excited to have been chosen to participate in this innovative project,” said Christophe Arnaud, Blue Systems CEO. “The mission of this project resonates with Blue Systems. Cutting edge zero emission vehicles and devices doing deliveries while being connected to our Mobility Manager Platform aligns with our mission of providing cities with smart mobility software solutions. In this case, it will allow LACI and Santa Monica to analyze the impact of electric mobility devices operating in a zero emissions delivery zone. It was hard to imagine even five years ago that robots would be making deliveries while City officials use a dashboard to visualize trips, analyze metrics and explore KPIs (including reductions in greenhouse gas emissions), and enact smart urban mobility policies based on the analysis. We are proud to provide our technology to LACI and the City of Santa Monica for this project.”

 

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