electric vehicle access starting in Portland, Oregon
PORTLAND, OR. (March 24, 2017) – In the first program of its type in the United States, Drive Oregon is partnering with the Hacienda Community Development Corporation (CDC) and Pacific Power to locate three used Honda Fit electric vehicles (EVs) in Northeast Portland, where they will be available to community residents through peer-to-peer car sharing.
The program officially launched today with a ribbon-cutting event. High-quality photos of the event are available, contact Emmaline if interested.
“Electric cars can have a transformative impact on lower-income communities,” said Jeff Allen, Drive Oregon, Executive Director. “Working with Hacienda CDC, we’re eliminating the cost barriers to ownership and making EVs available as shared cars. We hope this pilot project will demonstrate the powerful potential of providing reliable, cleaner vehicles in communities most impacted by long commutes and high levels of air pollution.”
Many lower-income communities experience higher rates of air pollution and resulting adverse health impacts, in part because of their proximity to highways or industrial sites. Rising housing costs are also pushing lower-income workers further from the city center, creating longer commutes and increasing transportation costs.
Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson stated, “One of the key elements of affordable housing has to be affordable transportation – and electric vehicles are a key piece of the solution. This new project is a great example of how advanced technology can save people money, improve their quality of life, and clean up our air at the same time.”
“Transportation is most families’ second highest monthly expense,” said Gena Scott, Hacienda CDC, Asset Manager. “While public transportation is a great solution, many of our community members don’t have access to bus routes where they live, or face hours of time and multiple transfers simply to get to work, see the doctor or run errands. With these electric cars, we’re able to ensure our community has a clean, convenient and low-cost way to get from point A to point B.”
Once the upfront cost of buying an electric car is addressed, they are substantially cheaper to drive. With a gasoline-fueled sedan, the current cost of maintenance and gas is $3.87 per gallon (1). In contrast, driving on electricity is equivalent to paying $0.99 per gallon for gas (2). An Oregon family that drives an average of 853 miles per month can save over $100 per month by driving an EV (3).
“This innovative approach to enabling inexpensive, clean, and reliable transportation is a great way to open the benefits of EVs to everyone,” said Scott Bolton, Pacific Power, Vice President of External Affairs. “EVs are cheaper and cleaner to operate making them a good choice for commuters and neighborhood needs.”
The pilot’s Honda Fit EVs are located at Vista de Rosas, an affordable housing apartment complex owned by Hacienda CDC. EV charging stations provided by the CarCharging Group are installed on-site, to enable easy, convenient charging for area residents. The Fits are available to rent at Turo.com.
Major partners in the project include Drive Oregon, Hacienda CDC, American Honda Motor Company, Pacific Power, and CarCharging Group. This project is made possible by grants from the Meyer Memorial Trust and the 11th Hour Project, a program of the Schmidt Family Foundation.
(1) AAA, Your Driving Costs
(2) U.S. Department of Energy, EGallon
(3) CarInsurance.com, Average miles driven per year by state
The Drive Oregon Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit that is closely affiliated with Drive Oregon, a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association. Drive Oregon’s mission is to accelerate the growth of the electric and “smart” mobility industry and promote greater adoption of these technologies. Drive Oregon is funded in part with Oregon State Lottery Funds administered by Business Oregon. Learn more at www.driveoregon.org.
About the Hacienda Community Development Corporation
Hacienda CDC is a Latino Community Development Corporation that strengthens families by providing affordable housing, homeownership support, economic advancement and educational opportunities located in the Living Cully Neighborhood of NE Portland. Learn more at http://www.haciendacdc.org/.
About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to almost 750,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.