Programs, Pilots and Projects
GoForth CarShare is an EV carsharing service providing access to affordable all-electric cars to test drive and use for errands, shopping or appointments.
Current vehicle locations include La Pine, Bend, and Philomath, Oregon with future sites coming in Ashland, Eugene, The Dalles, Gig Harbor and more.
Forth and Mobility Development Group are creating a national partnership with support from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to launch the Affordable Mobility Platform (AMP), which will establish electric vehicle (EV) carsharing based at affordable housing sites in at least six states over the next two years.
The St. Louis Vehicle Electrification Rides for Seniors (SiLVERS) project seeks to increase Electric Vehicle adoption and reduce transportation-related operating expenses for social service agencies in low-income communities.
Contact Connor Herman for more information.
The Clean Rural Shared Electric Mobility (CRuSE) Project is a U.S. Department of Energy-funded project to demonstrate a financially sustainable model for plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) carsharing in Hood River, Oregon.
The CRuSE Project is a three-year demonstration program, with five PEVs stationed throughout Hood River: at affordable housing sites, the city center, and tourist destinations.
Contact Kelly Yearick for more information.
Forth, Sustainable Northwest, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, and Wy’East Resource Conservation and Development Area Council, Inc. (Wy’East RCD) are expanding rural electrification with a pilot program of electric tractors.
Contact Barrett Brown for more information.
Micromobility and Public Transit
Forth is working with Metro to highlight the BIKETOWN system expansion and the conversion to E-bikes. We've created a video to help promote awareness of BIKETOWN'S equity program, expansion of the system into more historically underserved neighborhoods including East and North Portland and how the bikes can be used in an era of socially distant transportation.
American Cities Climate Challenge
As part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies American Cities Climate Challenge Forth and our partners set out to ramp up efforts to advance clean transportation, energy efficiency and renewable energy utilization in 25 of the largest cities in the United States. Forth led concentrated efforts in a majority of the cities committed to this goal.
Forth’s main areas of focus for assisting the cities included education and incentives for electric vehicle adoption, electric charging infrastructure for city-owned lots, and market transformation.
Electric Vehicle Partnership Program (EVIPP)
In the summer of 2017, the Washington State Department of Transportation awarded $1-million in grants through its Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Partnerships Program (EVIPP) to develop electric vehicle fast-charging infrastructure along highway corridors. Through leveraging public and private partnerships, Forth was able to procure additional funding to build 11 fast-charging stations at six locations along the I-5 corridor from Chehalis to Bellingham. With the success of this pilot program, the legislature extended the program.
Electrifying Community Car Sharing
Forth partnered with Hacienda Community Development Corporation to bring clean transportation options to the NE Cully neighborhood in Portland, OR. Together with the community, business and utility partners, we installed charging stations and arranged for two Honda Fits to be available to the community for rental by the day through Turo. An additional Fit was made available for Hacienda staff use.
Community E-Bike Project
Building on insights gained from our Community Car Sharing Project, we saw the need for more transportation options for individuals without driver's licenses in the Cully neighborhood. In partnership with the Community Cycling Coalition and GenZe, Forth initiated the Community Electric Bike Project in 2017, which introduced three cohorts of participants to electric bikes during a 10-week loan program.
Oregon Food Bank Partnership
On an average day, the Oregon Food Bank has hundreds of operations going on throughout the state. To meet their transportation demands, Food Bank employees often wind up driving their personal vehicles to and from the Beaverton and NE 33rd locations. With the goal of providing a more sustainable and economical approach to their transportation needs, Forth partnered with American Honda Motors, Inc to place two Honda Fit EVs at the NE 33rd Food Bank location for employee use. OFB employees have logged over 800 electric miles with the FIt EVs.
In Portland’s Lloyd District, we brought together the Lloyd EcoDistrict and electric bike and scooter manufacturer GenZe to create and promote the nation’s first program to test electric bike fleets at work. Participating businesses received three e-bikes for employees to use, plus support managing and promoting the program. The popular pilot project spurred a district-wide program offering businesses and apartment buildings big discounts to purchase their own e-bike fleets.