A little education. A lower price tag. A fun test drive.

Sometimes that’s what it takes to get people on board with a new technology.

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.

Featured & Current Projects

Electrifying Community Car Share

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 Electric 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.

Past Projects

Lloyd Spark

Forth partnered with Lloyd EcoDistrict and GenZe to bring e-bikes to the residents of four condos in Portland, OR in a 6-week pilot during the summer of 2018. 

Local Dealership Deals

We partnered with Lithia Nissan of Eugene in 2016 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 at Work

In Portland’s Lloyd District, we brought together the Lloyd EcoDistrict and electric bike and scooter manufacturer GenZe in 2016 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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E-bikes and Public Transit

Electric bikes and public transit are a great match. E-bikes 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. 

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