June 14, 2021 — E4TheFuture teamed with partners as the driving force for a new equity-focused electric vehicle sharing pilot. The Good2Go program launched this month with locations in Roxbury and Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.
UPDATE! Boston Globe coverage (July).
Bartlett Station, Roxbury Community College, and two city parking lots in Jamaica Plain and Nubian Square are hosting the first Good2Go locations. E4TheFuture and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center jointly funded the income-tiered pilot while Eversource, through its EV “Make Ready” program, is covering costs for the EV charging stations that will be used to fuel the cars and providing related infrastructure. Additional partners include the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and Mobility Development.
A kickoff celebration at the Sanative Fest 2021 held June 5th at Bartlett Place—with community art, music, and food on tap—brought neighbors to join Nuestra Comunidad, to hear speakers from the City of Boston and representatives of partner organizations.
Steve Cowell, president of E4TheFuture, said, “We are very proud and happy that this project is getting started to help the residents of Roxbury to access clean transportation that is local, available and affordable.”
Just the Beginning
Good2Go provides a clean, lower emission transportation option for community residents, with a focus on affordability for low-income members due to its sliding-scale fee approach. Helping people to be less dependent on cars, reducing residents’ carbon footprint, and reducing gasoline-related pollution are all program goals. Good2Go also introduces EVs to neighborhoods where this technology is not well-utilized, in large part because it has not been affordable or accessible.
Press coverage elsewhere in Boston included Income-Tiered Electric Community Carshare Starting in Jamaica Plain, via Jamaica Plain News. The program fleet of four cars is anticipated to double over the next few months. Get in touch with Good2Go at https://evgood2go.org.
Note: This item was updated 7/28/21 to include a link to Globe Ideas’ coverage of the pilot (“A car-sharing program that’s plugged into equity and the environment.” Ideas is a hub for commentary, insight and innovation.