While EVs offer great potential for economic, energy security, and sustainability benefits, transportation services fleets (taxi. TNCs, and car sharing services, etc.) have not identified a business model to minimize financial and operational risks for users while maximizing vehicle usage and return on investment for the financial viability of owners. Each of the different transportation service provider models have implicit structural barriers that make vehicle electrification a challenge. The goal of this project is to demonstrate an operationally and economically successful model for EV adoption and charging station deployment in transportation service fleets (taxis, car-sharing fleets, Transportation Network Companies, etc.) and major parking providers (universities, airports, hotels, corporate campuses, etc.).
The Decentralized Mobility Ecosystem hubs deployed in this project will provide solutions to minimize the financial risks of EV usage for drivers (both personal and professional), while strategically locating mobility hubs to maximize EV utilization across multiple use cases (taxi, TNC, delivery, car-sharing). This innovative project is designed to demonstrate solutions to the main barriers to vehicle electrification in the mobility and transportation services sectors, as well as create and disseminate a complete “Replication Playbook.” This will include a fully framed business plan, design and engineering plans for implementation, new commercialized software applications/solutions for turn-key scaling, marketing tools, and more for transportation fleet or parking services provider to adopt.