In a year of great uncertainty and far too many Zoom meetings, one thing has remained constant at Forth - our dedication and passion for smart transportation. And despite the challenges of 2020, we have successfully created a unique collaboration with our partners overseas.
Forth has been a longtime attendee and exhibitor at the International Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS), the industry’s largest event that rotates between Asia, North America and Europe. Over the years we’ve had the opportunity to meet, engage with, and learn from a variety of industry colleagues from around the world. Following our journey to Lyon, France in 2019 to attend EVS32 and promote EVS33 in Portland, OR, we hatched an idea to find ways to collaborate with other nonprofit organizations on international smart transportation projects. Fast forward one year later to November 19, 2020 and the Global Sustainable Mobility Partnership is created.
We teamed up with Cenex, a clean transportation nonprofit based in the U.K. Only a couple years older than Forth, we joke that Forth and Cenex are long lost siblings, as we do similar work, rooted in clean transportation demonstration projects. Cenex Netherland, also specializing in consultancy services and research & development, and uYilo, an NGO based in South Africa working to advance the clean transportation industry, complete the four founding members of the Global Sustainable Mobility Partnership (GSMP).
The mission of GSMP is to drive zero-emission mobility solutions for all. Our partnership will work with regions, countries and cities in a consulting capacity to share best practices and lessons learned on mobility decarbonization strategies and programs. Together GSMP brings expertise in sustainable strategies, policies, programs and large-scale demonstration projects from Africa, Europe and North America and we represent a range of geographic and cultural diversity with extensive regional knowledge.
“The Global Sustainable Mobility Partnership bridges like-minded organizations towards tackling the global climate crisis agenda,” said Hiten Parmar, Director, uYilo e-Mobility Programme. “The uYilo eMobility Programme shares the vision in this partnership towards bringing our experience to enable a resilient future for generations to come, as ‘uYilo’ itself means to create in Xhosa (South Africa).”
We are particularly enthusiastic to work with regions, countries and cities new to the zero-emission mobility space in order to support their transition to clean transportation and exchange knowledge.
Forth is thrilled to join with other mission driving organizations to help countries around the world use clean, electric, smart mobility to strengthen their economies, clean their air, and promote more equitable transportation solutions,” said Forth’s Executive Director, Jeff Allen.
Visit www.gsmp.world to learn more.