The next wave of commuting and car sharing in Los Angeles will be sleek and environmentally sound, thanks to a fleet of Tesla Model X vehicles.
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Green Commuter — a small business based in L.A. — has cutting-edge software that will allow its fleet of all-electric 7-passenger SUVs to be used by workers traveling to and from their jobs during rush hour. The rest of the time, the vehicles will be used as a car share for all Green Commuter members.
“Angelenos understand traffic and care about the environment. We offer a premium all-electric vanpool option that’s affordable,” said Green Commuter CEO Gustavo Occhiuzzo. He added that his company is the first to use only zero-emissions vehicles instead of traditional gasoline vans.
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Occhiuzzo also announced that Green Commuter will launch an Indiegogo campaign in August seeking to offer its services at discounted rates as a way to jump-start interest. Package prices start at $10 an hour and $150 per weekend rental.
Vanpool users will be able to lease the vehicles on a monthly basis, with total commuting costs comparable to and, in many cases, cheaper than current vanpools that use traditional vans or SUVs.
“Current vanpool commuters only use their vans between 10 to 15 hours per week. That’s only 6 to 9 percent of the time during any given week, leaving the van unused for the remaining 91 to 94 percent of time,” said Occhiuzzo. “Green Commuter developed an app that enables the synergy between the vanpool and car share systems that will dramatically increase the benefits for all users and maximize the use of the vehicles.”
Occhiuzzo said he chose the Tesla Model X for the program because it is the only all-electric vehicle currently available that meets vanpool criteria, including seating for seven passengers and a battery capacity sufficient for long-range driving. The vehicle was also a great fit for car sharing because of its appeal to users who might use it for travel with friends and family around town or to popular nearby weekend destinations, such as Las Vegas and Palm Springs.