2022 Grants Challenge

Reducing Carbon Emissions While Incorporating Circular Economy Principles

Idea by Evolectric

The Evolectric team is heavily focused increasing availability and affordability of electric commercial vehicles and reaching widespread adoption. Our technology is ready to be used in real world customer operations. We are committed to making green mobility cleaner and more accessible. We will convert a commercial vehicle already in operation in LA and make it 100% electric. We will provide this vehicles to a BIPOC- or Women-Owned Businesses in the LA area that can use it to transport their goods.


What is the primary issue area that your application will impact?

Climate and Environment

In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

County of Los Angeles

In what stage of innovation is this project, program, or initiative?

Pilot or new project, program, or initiative

What is your understanding of the issue that you are seeking to address?

The top barriers for EV adoption include availability, affordability, reliability, and flexibility which Evolectric hopes to address with the product. With regards to availability, there is a lack of appropriate EV product for customer use cases. Furthermore, there is slow deployment of new models. Working with early adopters of the technology, Evolectric is helping the fleet owner customer to understand how the Evolectric product can drive improvements in total cost of ownership without excess. This means that there may be some limitations in how much the product can be pushed in its early stages (maximum range expectations for example). In terms of financial barriers, fleet owners are faced with high upfront capitals costs to pursue an all-electric fleet. With uncertainties around the life of battery, fleet owners face a challenge of better understanding and feeling confident of making the transition to an electric fleet.

Describe the project, program, or initiative this grant will support to address the issue.

We will convert an existing commercial vehicle to 100% electric and allow BIPOC- or Women-Owned Businesses in the LA area that can use it to transport their goods. This will allow us to collect data and insights that will allow us to improve our solutions to best serve these type of businesses and make it easier to transition to zero emission transpiration.

Describe how Los Angeles County will be different if your work is successful.

If the work is successful, our solution will allow for wider adoption of commercial EVs in LA county from independent, small and medium businesses and fleet operators. We will do this in a way that incorporates circular economy principles by taking vehicles already on the road. Wider adoption lowers emissions for all of LA County from highly pollutant vehicles.

What evidence do you have that this project, program, or initiative is or will be successful, and how will you define and measure success?

a. Performance verification b. Operational Data in a real use case c. Gaging customer interest/feedback/quantified benefits a. Meet average vehicle range expectations within 10 miles & average power delivery within 20% after 900 miles. b. Gather reliable telematics data over at least 900 miles over 12 weeks c. Quantify the following metrics from baseline operations (Energy savings, uptime percentage, emission reduced, maintenance savings, and fleet manager & driver experience. Desire to continue using vehicle and/or increase number of vehicles and number of referrals and testimonials.

Approximately how many people will be impacted by this project, program, or initiative?

Direct Impact: 5

Indirect Impact: 50