This program is a preliminary evaluation of the Share&Charge model in California. It allows both EV drivers and JuiceNet device owners to utilize a shared network of charging stations. Using the Share&Charge app, charging station owners can set a price on the use of their private stations. This model will create both greater mobility for electric vehicle owners and added benefits for owners of JuiceNet devices.
Through the pilot, low-income community members in an area underserved by existing public transit have access to three electric cars through a vehicle-sharing platform. Hacienda CDC hosted the vehicles at their North Portland headquarters. Two cars were available to Cully neighborhood residents at all times and one cars was reserved for Hacienda CDC staff use. Pacific Power provided $10,000 toward the cost of procuring and installing Level 2 charging stations to serve the vehicles. Other community partners procured the vehicles and are responsible for implementing and managing the project. The project launched in March 2017 and ended in December 2017.
The project at Hacienda CDC is a prime example of the type of project envisioned for grant funding, as it supports underserved communities, tests new and innovative solutions to addressing market barriers, includes other partners and provides data and learnings that can be applied in Pacific Power’s future planning efforts. Additionally, the funding model allows communities to identify their own barriers and solutions, which is a priority for Pacific Power in supporting underserved communities.