Forth has launched a new electric ridesharing service for seniors in partnership with local social service providers in St. Louis. The St. Louis Vehicle Electrification Rides for Seniors (SiLVERS) Project provides a fleet of three electric vehicles (EVs) to the Northside Youth and Senior Service Center and two EVs to City Seniors Inc. These non-profits serve clients on the city’s north and south sides respectively. Cars for SiLVERS’ are Chevy Bolts and both non-profits will also have chargers installed for all of their vehicles. People at least 60 years old can use the SiLVERS service by calling either of the non-profits to request ride appointments. Rides can be used for medical appointments, grocery trips, or other errands.
Forth is supporting the SiLVERS through a grant from the US Department of Energy. Other key partners for SiLVERS include the St. Louis Area Agency on Aging, Ameren Missouri, Bloomberg Philanthropies, AmpUp, and North Newstead Association. SiLVERS has the potential to demonstrate how electric transportation options can save costs for social services while also supporting sustainability initiatives for cities.
Last updated October 18, 2021