Clean Mobility, Shared Mobility, and V2G in California

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A mobility revolution is underway, with bike sharing, electric vehicles, and numerous other technologies offering new ways to get around. But the people who need a revolution the most — low-income communities and communities of color — have the least access to clean and affordable new mobility options. For V2G see

SUMC will serve as the co-manager of CARB’s Clean Mobility Options (CMO) program, directing $17 million to shared and electric pilot projects in low-income communities around the state. The program will help move California further towards its ambitious climate change goals while providing equal access to transportation for all.

SUMC will co-manage the CMO program with partner CALSTART, serving as the technical lead with a focus on program design, technical assistance, and evaluation. Additional partners GRID Alternatives and the Local Government Commission will support a major statewide outreach effort to engage the public about these promising solutions to our climate, transportation, and equity challenges.

Our work in California allows us to test out strategies and solutions, such as Blue LA, the shared + electric carsharing program for disadvantaged communities, before adoption by other cities across the country. Together, we can make the US a healthier place for everyone to live without having to own a car.

Explore our shared + electric pilot projects (listed alphabetically)

Blue LA EV Carsharing Program (2015-Present)

Launched on April 20th, 2018, SUMC served as lead technical partner for Blue LA, a first-of-its-kind pilot program designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase mobility choices by adding approximately 300 electric and hybrid carsharing vehicles and 500 charging stations in disadvantaged communities in and around Central Los Angeles. SUMC provided in-depth technical assistance and project coordination services from initial conception to current construction activities. SUMC also facilitated a local Steering Committee to help ensure that the project is relevant and accessible to residents from a wide range of backgrounds. A case study of  the Blue LA pilot’s first phase, through Spring 2019, is available in the MOD Learning Center.

EVgo Equal Access Charging Hubs (EACH) (2017-2020)

Electric vehicle (EV) charging provider EVgo is developing seven DC fast charge hubs for shared mobility services in disadvantaged communities across California. SUMC is providing technical assistance around site design, partnerships, stakeholder engagement, and evaluation. SUMC’s stakeholder engagement role entails outreach and meetings with chief business officers in each of the seven communities. SUMC is also conducting an in-depth evaluation, identifying metrics, developing survey instruments, and developing methodologies for GHG emissions impacts.

Fresno Clean Shared Mobility Network (2019-Present)

SUMC is helping to lead the development of a $10 million public-private partnership to deploy electric vehicle (EV) carsharing, ridesharing, bikesharing, and vanpooling services in the disadvantaged communities of downtown and Southwest Fresno. The services will be delivered by a collective of community organizations and private mobility companies led by the Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce and integrated through a software application and customer services center.

Green Raiteros (2016-2018)

SUMC provided technical assistance to support the design and launch of the Green Raiteros program, a volunteer ridesharing service in the rural community of Huron, California. Led by Valley LEAP, Green Raiteros provides low-cost, social service rides in zero-emission electric vehicles to the community’s low-income farmworkers. SUMC prepared a Business Plan for Green Raiteros and provided extensive technical assistance around business plan implementation, EV charging infrastructure, marketing, and partnerships.

MTC/TransForm Mobility Hubs (2018-2020)

Funded through the second round of the CARB Clean Mobility Options program, the MTC/TransForm Mobility Hubs project is designed to deploy battery electric vehicles and complementary programs such as EV carsharing, bikesharing, and information/resources to residents in affordable housing facilities in the Bay Area. SUMC serves as the primary technical advisor in the project, supporting activities around community needs assessments, EVSE procurement, mobility operator partnership development, and evaluation.

To get involved with our West Coast/California initiatives or if you have any questions or comments, please contact Brian Holland at


TransForm is partnering with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to launch a groundbreaking new project funded by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The project will implement three mobility hubs at affordable housing developments in Oakland, Richmond, and San Jose. The mobility hubs will include an electric vehicle car sharing program and a mix of additional mobility options based on residents’ needs, such as transit passes and bike sharing. Residents will shape the design and implementation of the project every step of the way, to ensure that the mobility hubs are effectively tailored to each community.

Primary goals of the project include:

  • Increasing access for low-income residents and disadvantaged communities to economic opportunity, medical facilities, schools, parks, grocery stores, and other daily needs.
  • Providing tailored clean mobility options to address resident needs identified through a community transportation needs assessment and to meet equity goals.
  • Reducing greenhouse gases and criteria pollutants through the combination of reduced vehicle trips and use of electric vehicles rather than internal combustion engine vehicles.
  • Reducing private vehicle ownership and vehicle miles traveled (VMT).
  • Reducing transportation costs for residents.
  • Informing cities and developers of best practices for right-sized parking and mobility options for affordable housing developments.

In the long-term, this pilot will help us identify effective mobility options and best practices, so that affordable and market-rate housing developers can include these options and build less parking in future projects. Less parking can dramatically lower the cost of both transportation and housing, in part by creating more space and funds for homes within a given building. Another key outcome of this project is to learn what works, and what barriers to anticipate for future projects.


The project has ambitious goals, and we are working with an experienced team. The Shared Use Mobility Center (SUMC), a key project partner, is lending their expertise from launching EV car sharing in low-income communities in Los Angeles and other similar efforts.

Our three phenomenal site partners include:

  • East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) at Lion Creek Crossing, Oakland
  • First Community Housing (FCH) at Betty Ann Gardens, San Jose
  • Richmond Community Foundation and the City of Richmond at Nystrom Village, Richmond

See a Google Map of the the three project locations.

Additional partners include cities, transit agencies, mobility vendors, and community groups.

TransForm is leading project design and implementation, and MTC is responsible for project administration and oversight, dissemination of lessons learned, and integration of lessons into regional programs.

As of fall 2020 the project team is focused on implementation efforts, including introducing car share and bike share to our sites, in addition to prioritizing safe and socially distant engagement with site level teams and residents.

Community Needs Assessment

Prior to implementing car sharing and mobility hubs services, the project team led a community transportation needs assessment process to understand residents’ current travel behavior and identify their transportation needs and challenges. Conducting a needs assessment is a valuable first step and empowers residents to shape the clean transportation investments happening in their communities.

The project team produced a Community Transportation Needs Assessment Report to document the needs assessment process in detail, summarize key findings, and share lessons learned. This report can serve as a helpful resource for other organizations considering conducting a transportation needs assessment in their own communities. Learn more about our experience with the needs assessment on our blog.

Interested in getting involved, or learning more about the project? Please contact Joy Massey, GreenTRIP Project Manager.


Nuvve Corporation and A-Z Bus Sales Announce Commercial Offer For Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) School Buses

By Nuvve Corp  Posted September 22, 2020 In Press Release

Nuvve Corporation and A-Z Bus Sales Announce Commercial Offer For Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) School Buses

V2G Technology Leader and Largest School Bus Distributor in California Now Offering Comprehensive V2G-Enabled Electric School Bus Solution

SAN DIEGO, CA – September 22, 2020 – Nuvve Corporation, a San Diego-based, green energy technology company and the global leader in vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology, and A-Z Bus Sales, the leading school bus distributor in California and Hawaii, are announcing the availability of the Blue Bird Vision and the Blue Bird All American electric school buses enabled with V2G technology from Nuvve.

The addition of V2G-enabled buses strengthens A-Z Bus Sales’ leadership in alternative fuel and zero emission bus sales. Nuvve’s V2G GIVe™ platform enables electric vehicle batteries to store and discharge energy and provide key grid services. V2G can reduce energy costs at the sites where buses are charging through time-of-use (TOU) savings and generate revenue by selling stored energy in the electric bus batteries to energy markets. With these savings, the total cost of ownership of electric buses is reduced so Nuvve and A-Z are able to offer a comprehensive, financially-viable solution that includes:

  • A V2G-enabled electric school bus from Blue Bird
  • Support for grant applications for the bus
  • Electric bus maintenance support
  • Discounted V2G DC 60kW CCS bidirectional charging station especially designed for heavy-duty vehicles
  • Discounted installation costs
  • 12 years maintenance for the charging station
  • Software management tools for the electric vehicle fleet’s charging (mobile, web)
  • V2G services powered by Nuvve’s GIVe™ software platform

Customer quotes and solutions are available to school bus fleets depending on their specific needs. Nuvve and its installation partners can provide guidance on the best combination of AC or DC charging options to optimize the energy use on each site.

A-Z Bus Sales distributes Blue Bird’s type C and type D class buses that are equipped with a bidirectional CCS connector for V2G charging and 155kWh batteries for up to 120 miles range on a single charge. With Nuvve’s announcement of its latest 60kW DC CCS charger, the buses can be fully charged in approximately 3 hours (compared to 8 hours with an AC Level 2 charger). This DC V2G charging solution fully complies with the new regulations regarding V2G chargers through a UL-1741-SA certification, especially required for California V2G installations. California has an installed base of over 24,000 school buses which are expected to be electrified over the coming years.

“We recently announced key partnerships for standard V2G chargers and V2G-enabled electric buses. A-Z Bus Sales provides us with the distribution force that will make V2G school bus sales more accessible in California”, said Gregory Poilasne, chairman and CEO of Nuvve Corporation. “We are excited to work with A-Z’s dynamic team which is already leading the electrification of school transport. With V2G added to the offer, the electric bus becomes a standard solution for school districts and electric utilities in California.”

“Electric school buses are already providing huge savings to school districts from a maintenance and fuel cost perspective. With the addition of V2G technology from Nuvve, the decision to go electric makes even more economical sense,” explains John Landherr, CEO and president of A-Z Bus Sales. “A-Z Bus Sales has always provided the highest quality and cleanest transportation solutions in the market. V2G is that next step to ensure we are helping to support a cleaner electric grid and environment for our children and communities.”

Electric school buses offer a prime storage solution to enable V2G grid services because they have large batteries that stay parked and could be charging most hours of the day. They also have the potential to act as a virtual power plant (VPP) by aggregating vehicle batteries across a region to provide energy when needed. V2G is a key technology to support the increase of renewable energy on the electric grid, and electric school buses could provide key resilience to the grid to prevent energy blackouts, such as recently was the case in California. And, in the future, electric buses could serve as emergency back-up for areas that have lost power. So, in addition to helping reduce CO2 emissions and creating a cleaner environment for kids to get to school, this important electric fleet can help create a greener planet.

*Contact Nuvve ( to see if your installation and fleet is suitable for this offer

About Nuvve Corporation

Nuvve Corporation is a San Diego-based green energy technology company whose mission is to lower the cost of electric vehicle ownership while supporting the integration of renewable energy sources, including solar and wind. Our proprietary vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology – Nuvve’s Grid Integrated Vehicle (GIVe™) platform – is refueling the next generation of electric vehicle fleets through cutting-edge, bidirectional charging solutions. Since our founding in 2010, Nuvve has been responsible for successful V2G projects on five continents and is deploying commercial services worldwide. For more information please visit or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Nuvve Press Contact

Marc Trahand, EVP Marketing

+1 858 250 9740

About A-Z Bus Sales, Inc.

A-Z Bus Sales, Inc. is a transportation dealer-distributor serving the education, government, public sector, commercial and private fleet markets with a broad portfolio of clean passenger transportation solutions. The 100% employee-owned company specializes in clean alternative fuel products. A-Z Bus provides sales, service, parts, and financing for both new and pre-owned buses. Founded in 1976, A-Z Bus Sales has built a reputation for long- lasting customer relationships, professionalism and integrity, and the share positions in markets served. Headquartered in Colton, California the company has multiple sales and service locations serving California and Hawaii. More information is available at or by calling 800.437.5522.Download PDF


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