Green Commuter, a new carsharing and vanpooling service, is bringing in a Tesla Model X fleet to the Los Angeles market.
The company says that the Model X was chosen because it’s the only all-electric vehicle currently able to seat seven. With its attractive appearance, comfort, and performance capability, it meets Green Commuter’s goals. The official start date is scheduled for August 2.
Green Commuter says that it’s the only all-electric vanpool provider in California and the first company to combine vanpooling, car sharing and fleet replacement. It’s proprietary software will enable its fleet of all-electric seven-passenger SUVs to be used by thousands of workers to commute to and from their jobs during rush hour and offered as a car share for all Green Commuter members the rest of the time, the company says.
Green Commuter is also using August 2 as the date launch a campaign on the Indiegogo crowdfunding site to offer its services at steeply discounted rates, so as to jump start the Green Commuter community. Packages start at $10 an hour and $150 per weekend rental.
A Green Commuter promotional video says that consumers spend an average of $450 per month commuting and one week per year stuck in traffic. Green Commuter combines vanpooling and carsharing using only electric vehicles. “That means you get to work cheaper, greener, and faster,” according to the video narrator. You can view the video below.
For Green Commuter, the benefits come from the concept that plug-in electrified vehicles are less expensive to operate than conventional gas-engine vehicles. Savings are passed on to riders. Vanpooling allows riders to share the reduced costs with other riders heading their way while cruising in faster-moving carpool lanes. For every carsharing vehicle on the road, the need for nine-to-13 regular cars is avoided, according to the promotional video.
“Angelenos understand traffic and care about the environment,” says Green Commuter CEO Gustavo Occhiuzzo. “We offer a premium all-electric vanpool option that’s affordable. Gasoline vanpool vehicles are very polluting, usually with ratings from 12 to 18 MPG in real life driving conditions, we’re the first to use only zero-emissions vehicles instead.”
Green Commuter is based at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), where it was selected to become a portfolio company in 2015.
“Green Commuter is a terrific example of an innovative social enterprise aimed at sustainable solutions for the transportation sector,” sais LACI President and CEO Fred Walti. “We are proud to work with them and we look forward to the impact they will have on affordable green commuting in Los Angeles.”