Bike Solar Oakland, a community partnership that aims to bring sustainable urban transportation via solar powered electric bicycles and scooters to Oakland, CA, today announced the launch of a pilot program that brings eight solar powered e-bikes to Jack London Square. The e-bikes, provided by Fremont-based electric bicycle and scooter company, Mahindra GenZe, are housed in a custom-built solar powered charging station provided by Concord-based DC Solar. Other Bike Solar Oakland partners include the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF), Oakland-based solar service company, Sungevity, and IRFTS Shadow Solar.
The pilot will allow Jack London Square’s commercial residents daily use of the e-bikes to explore, experience and appreciate Oakland in a whole new way, whether they are riding to meetings, running errands or simply enjoying the city. All e-bike batteries will be connected to a mobile solar charging station and powered by the Oakland sun.
Bike Solar Oakland serves as an important blueprint for the future of transportation in cities dedicated to reducing over-reliance on automobiles. Solar powered electric bicycles are an important addition to existing sustainable transit models, providing urban dwellers an alternative, efficient mode of transportation.
“Oakland is the ideal place to launch a pilot program that brings solar energy to the transportation sector in a way that’s never been done before,” said Annie Sartor of Bike Solar Oakland. “We look forward to this pilot project growing in scope and scale, to ultimately serve the transportation needs of communities across Oakland and beyond.”
“Bike Solar Oakland demonstrates that solar energy can impact the transportation sector in many ways, providing clean, accessible, and economical mobility options for urban communities,” Danny Kennedy, CalCEF’s Managing Director and Sungevity’s co-founder.”
“We applaud the City of Oakland’s longstanding commitment to clean energy and sustainability, and we were proud to design and build an off-grid solar product to power e-bikes for Bike Solar Oakland,” said DC Solar CEO, Jeff Carpoff.
About Bike Solar Oakland
Bike Solar Oakland is a community partnership initiative funded and supported by some of the Bay Area’s leading solar energy proponents, including the California Clean Energy Fund, Sungevity, Mahindra GenZe, DC Solar, and the Jack London Improvement District. The initiative aims to bring sustainable urban transportation via solar powered electric bicycles and scooters to the residents of Oakland, building a model that can be replicated in other urban areas around the U.S. and beyond. For more information visit www.bikesolaroakland.com.