Electric 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.
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.
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.
Electrify RidehailingThis program boosts electric vehicle adoption by Lyft and Uber drivers. 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 such as Lyft “Green Mode” and other incentives to drive an EV.
Forth is working with rideshare drivers and Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) to encourage electric vehicle use for both their environmental and economic benefits.
Forth was pleased to partner with our member, Lyft, in announcing the launch of the ride-hailing company's GreenMode service in Portland on Thursday, April 25.
Green Mode offers Portland riders the ability to request a high-mpg hybrid or electric vehicle for their journey. Contact TeganM@forthmobility.org for more information.
Our Micromobility Optimization program offers several options to streamline and ease the launch of e-scooters and other micro-mobility services for municipalities. Our program can help source parking & charging docks that organize the streetscape while simultaneously reducing costs. We also offer tools to help municipalities gather data to better track and manage these new forms of mobility.
Forth offers a program that helps cities and their local nonprofit partners set up and conduct e-scooter safety programs. We have developed an e-scooter safety curriculum and can deliver an e-scooter safety workshop directly, or train others to offer the course.