Pilot EV carshare program launches at Ann Arbor affordable housing communities

Jul 10, 2024News

Originally published on WDIV ClickOnDetroit by Sarah Parlette on May 27, 2024 at 10:46 PM

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A new carshare program launched its Tree Town fleet on Thursday at Carrot Way Apartments.

The pilot program, operated by Affordable Mobility Platform, is testing an electric, short-term carshare service for residents, neighbors and staff at affordable housing communities around the United States.

Ann Arbor communities, supported by Avalon Housing, are some of the first involved in the nationwide program. Cities in Michigan, including Detroit, Portage and Kalamazoo, are among those in eight states piloting the program.

Carshare services also launched at Baker Commons on Thursday, with more services starting in the Hickory Creek and Miller Lane Apartments this summer.

Thursday’s Carrot Way event had guest speakers from Avalon Housing, Michigan Clean Cities and Mobility Development. There will be a press conference by AMP operators — Forth Mobility, Mobility Development, and Michigan Clean Cities Coalition, — test rides, and explanations of how the carshare service works for participants.

Started by Forth and 40 partners in 2021, the AMP EV program addresses the gap in sustainable transportation faced by disadvantaged communities. It offers affordable, convenient and clean modes of transportation for users without the financial burdens of owning a car.

Learn more about the carshare program here.