Electric and Equitable: Learning from the BlueLA Carsharing Pilot, Los Angeles, CA, 2019
5 minutes Date Enacted: Apr 1, 2019
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 in 2015 with support from lead technical partner SUMC. 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 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.