As part of the ongoing work of the Transportation Electrification Partnership, and LACI’s efforts to create an inclusive, green economy, LACI is launching four zero emissions pilots in the City of Los Angeles and County of Los Angeles.
Thank you to all of the communities that submitted an application. The four selected communities are Pacoima, San Pedro, Long Beach, and Leimert Park.
Zero emission mobility pilot projects and demonstrations will help bring the benefits of the green economy to neighborhoods who often lack the solutions required for emissions-free mobility, yet are burdened with poor air quality from various sources. The path to a zero emissions future includes addressing community needs as well as key technology, business model and educational challenges. Pilot projects will be deployed with and within selected communities defined by the state as “disadvantaged communities”. Lessons from these projects will be shared and used to inform new projects and policy recommendations.
In partnership with the Conservation Corps of Long Beach (CCLB) and LACI portfolio company, URB-E, LACI launched a zero emission e-cargo bike pilot. Conservation Corps’ at-risk young adults in the workforce development program use the URB-E vehicles and trailers for projects along the Lower Los Angeles River in Long Beach.
The city of Pacoima is a predominantly working class community with high levels of underemployment that is challenged by the lack of accessible transportation options that connect to job centers in the Central City. To address the lack of transportation options, LACI along with Pacoima Beautiful, a local environmental justice nonprofit, launched a community-facing on-demand shared electric vehicles (EVs) with LACI’s portfolio company Envoy.
LACI, along with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA), built an EV car share pilot with LACI’s portfolio company, Envoy, for HACLA Rancho San Pedro residents. The geographic location of Rancho San Pedro and infrequent public transit makes it difficult for residents to connect to the City of Los Angeles and neighboring communities. The EV car share provides a zero emission transportation option to the community that has already culturally accepted concepts of carpooling and car-sharing informally.
It is a moment of great opportunity for Leimert Park with the Destination Crenshaw groundbreaking in celebration of local art and culture as well as Leimert Park Village 20 / 20 Village Initiative bringing infrastructure and transit oriented development to the community. LACI, in partnership with a consortium of community partners, launched e-bike rentals and neighborhood electric vehicle shuttles with startups, Zoomo and Circuit, respectively. The pilot seeks to increase access to not only clean and affordable transportation but also benefits of the green economy through workforce development and job creation.
LACI, in partnership with Southern California Edison, a Transportation Electrification Partner, and Huntington Park-based Communities for a Better Environment will use a novel construction and interconnection process for EV charger deployment by using pre-existing infrastructure. This novel process will be paired with EV charger technology that works for the community (via co-benefits such as tourism, wayfinding in city center, etc.) to create a model that will accelerate the expansion of curbside EV chargers.
Due to COVID-19 impacts, the launch has been delayed.
In California and greater Los Angeles, the transportation and goods movement sectors are the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollution. That’s why the Transportation Electrification Partnership (TEP) was created to accelerate progress to a zero emissions future and cultivate an unprecedented collaboration with local government, key regulators, utilities, industry and others to reduce GHG emissions and improve regional air quality. The Zero Emissions Mobility and Community Pilot Project Fund is part of LACI’s Transportation Electrification Partnership and represents the on-the-ground, community impact of this important work.
FUNDING AMOUNT AND SOURCES:
Funding is made possible by a grant to LACI from the California Workforce Development Board along with the Transportation Electrification Partnership. As part of this grant, LACI will be able to dedicate more than $400,000 for zero emission mobility pilots (hardware, software, permits, signage, etc.) in the selected communities in Los Angeles County. In addition, LACI’s corporate partners will provide in-kind donations of goods or services.
The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), a private nonprofit organization, is creating an inclusive green economy by unlocking innovation (working with startups to accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies), transforming markets (through partnerships 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. In the past seven years, LACI has helped 78 portfolio companies raise $221M in funding, $220M in revenue, create 1,750 jobs, and deliver more than $393M in long term economic value. Learn more at laci.org