Our mobility innovations bring the latest transportation technologies out of the showroom and into the community. These demonstration projects let people experience the real-life benefits of electric, smart and shared mobility. By lowering costs and providing education, our projects also remove some of the biggest barriers to change. 

We’re proud to collaborate with our members and partners to test out new technologies, business models and ideas.

SiLVERS

Forth received funding for the St. Louis Vehicle Electrification Rides for Seniors (SiLVERS) project from the US Department of Energy. SiLVERS seeks to increase Electric Vehicle adoption and reduce transportation-related operating expenses for social service agencies in low-income communities. 

This pilot will demonstrate:

• EV fleets can save social service agencies money on transportation expenses and improve service

• Electric vehicle charging equipment for fleets can also serve employees and community members

• How the use of EVs by service agencies can accelerate regional EV adoption

• The use of tools and best practices, which can be replicated nationwide

The SiLVERS project emerged from work with Forth, NRDC, the City of St. Louis, and through work with local community-based organizations to identify how to meet specific community needs.

Contact Erin Galiger for more information.

CRuSE Project

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.

Fair Financing Pilot

Driving for Uber and Lyft in Portland is now more accessible, equitable and eco-friendly with the new Fair Financing Pilot from Forth and its partners. This program enables low- to middle-income rideshare drivers to access low-interest financing for electric vehicles—increasing earning potential by eliminating expenses like gas and maintenance of typical internal combustion vehicles. 

Through partnerships with Point West Credit Union, Prosper Portland and Portland General Electric, Forth is able to offer a program that consists of lending and education for part-time or full-time rideshare drivers for platforms like Uber and Lyft. It will initially be available only in the Portland metro area with hopes to expand in select cities.

Contact: electrifyrideshare@forthmobility.org for more information.

E-Tractor Project

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.

Electric tractors can bring many benefits to rural communities: Farmers save on reduced fuel costs and maintenance along with reduced noise and drivetrain efficiency;  E-tractors are less reliant on imported fuels and volatile market conditions; Farmworkers and surrounding communities benefit from improved working conditions reduced CO2 emissions.  

Contact Erin Galiger for more information.

Electrify TNCs

Forth is working with rideshare drivers and Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) to encourage electric vehicle use for both their environmental and economic benefits.  

Components include program design templates and best practices, marketing and educational materials to increase awareness and drive EV adoption, a vehicle financing program designed for low-income drivers, EVSE purchase incentives and/or fast-charging discounts, expertise on local activation of in-app, EV-specific demand generation features and other incentives to drive an EV.

Contact TeganM@forthmobility.org for more information.

American Cities Climate Challenge

What does it take to aggressively lower the greenhouse gas emissions for 25 of the largest cities in the United States? That’s the question for Bloomberg Philanthropies American Cities Climate Challenge partners as Forth and others set out to ramp up efforts to advance clean transportation, energy efficiency and renewable energy utilization with a goal of strong measurable progress by the end of 2020. Forth will lead concentrated efforts in a majority of the cities committed to this goal. 

Forth’s main areas of focus for assisting the cities include education and incentives for electric vehicle adoption, electric charging infrastructure for city-owned lots, and market transformation. Contact ErinG@forthmobility.org for more information.

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. Forth received $595,000 of this grant. Through leveraging public and private partnerships, Forth was able to procure an additional $950,000 to build 11 fast-charging stations at six locations along the I-5 corridor from Chehalis to Bellingham.  EVgo will operate these stations for a minimum of five years.  With the success of this pilot program, the legislature has extended the program.

This project has already powered over 223,00 electric vehicle miles traveled. Over the five-year period of operations of these stations, it is projected that electric vehicles will eliminate the use of over 150,000 gallons of gasoline and power nearly 4 million EV miles of travel on Washington’s I-5 corridor, eliminating over 1,300 metric tons of carbon emissions.

Read the full case study here.

Micromobility and Public Transit

Miromobility and public transit are a great match. E-bikes and scooters make it quicker and easier to get to the train station or bus stop, encouraging more people to choose sustainable ways of getting around. In partnership with Kaiser Permanente and Portland State University, we provided 150 Kaiser employees with e-bikes for three months to understand how this fun technology could transform local travel.

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.

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. Sixty-six rentals were completed by community members over the 9-month project period and Hacienda staff traveled over 1,000 electric miles! 

Read the full case study here.

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.

Read the full case study here.

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.

Read the blog post here.

Local Dealerships

We partnered with Lithia Nissan of Eugene to slash the sticker price of the popular Nissan LEAF. Interested buyers who attended a free workshop about electric cars qualified for $7,500 off the price of a new LEAF on top of the $7,500 federal tax credit, bringing their total savings to $15,000. Building on success in Eugene, a similar incentive launched in Bend.

E-Bike Fleets

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. 

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