In 2016, the City of Los Angeles embarked on an electric vehicle (EV) carsharing pilot project through a grant from the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The city’s grant proposal, “L.A. Leading by Example: Partnering to Pilot EV Carsharing in Disadvantaged Communities,” was developed by the city with support from lead technical partner the Shared-Use Mobility Center and submitted to CARB in April 2015. It emphasized serving low-income residents and reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). Implementing a progressive EV carshare pilot in a historically-steadfast car culture such as LA would prove to be challenging for a variety of reasons, but BlueLA EV Carshare (BlueLA) has already begun delivering results to Angelenos through reducing GHGs and providing a new mobility option. This case study evaluates lessons learned in Phase One of the BlueLA project, which concluded in spring 2019.
Download the Electric and Equitable Learning from the BlueLA Carsharing Pilot case study here!