The VW subsidiary founded in the wake of the diesel scandal has announced plans to open an EV car sharing service in Sacramento, starting with 260 vehicles. The company is also investing in a budget car-sharing service and electric buses in the region for a total amount of $44 million.
The GIG Car Share will start with a total of 260 zero-emissions vehicles in a free-float mode. The initiative will entail a 13 square mile “home zone”, where users can park the vehicles anywhere. The service is set to start in the first quarter of 2019.
The other car sharing service will be run by Envoy Technologies and will be based around low-income apartments, starting with 142 vehicles in 72 locations. Each vehicle will feature a dedicated level 2 charger, and 75% of the fleet is ear-marked to serve low-income and disadvantaged communities.
The two car-sharing investments will cost the VW subsidiary between 15 and 18 million dollars. Electrify America is also invested between 11 and 14 million dollars in bus/shuttle services, which will operate as a bus service between UC Davis and Sacramento, and an on-demand shuttle service in the Franklin region.
Finally, Electrify America will be investing between 14 and 16 million dollars in EV charging infrastructure. More than 10 ultra-fast charging stations are set to be constructed for the public in the Sacramento region, with capacities ranging from 50 kW to 150 and 350 kW.