Electrify America unveils e-car sharing initiative under Sac-to-Zero


Electrify America has partnered with Envoy Technologies to deploy hundreds of electric car-sharing vehicles in Sacramento.

The partnership is part of a $44 million investment made by Electrify America in Sacramento.

The Sac-to-Zero initiative will enable residents to rent electric cars on a per-minute, per-hour or daily basis with the aim to increase user awareness and citywide access to electric vehicles.

By early 2019, Envoy Technologies will be offering 142 Volkswagen e-Golf electric cars at 71 locations and “Level 2” charging stations.

Electrify America is also partnering with another firm, Gig, under the Sac-to-Zero initiative.

Gig will deploy 260 electric vehicles which customers can pick and drop within a 13 mile home zone.,

Residents can unlock the cars through the “Envoy There” mobile application for Android and iOS.

“The objective behind Sac-to-Zero is to provide widespread access and use of zero emissions-related transportation options for Sacramento-area residents, particularly those living in affordable housing communities where access to transportation can be limited and more difficult,” said Richard Steinberg, senior director of marketing, communications and Green City initiatives, Electrify America. “Envoy’s car sharing program is the first-step in our multi-pronged approach.”

“On the heels of the Legislature’s passing the groundbreaking 100% Clean Energy Bill that sets some of the nation’s strongest clean energy goals, Sacramento steps out to bring new and necessary non-carbon producing transportation options to the Capital City,” said Mayor Darrell Steinberg.

Technology firm, 3fold will execute the project and deploy all the communications technologies for the car-sharing initiative.