Think of it as Zipcar for electric vehicles (EVs) in underserved neighborhoods: In some Charlotte affordable housing complexes next year you'll be able to reserve and drive EVs as part of a federally backed car-sharing pilot program.
Charlotte is among 10 cities nationwide and the only one in the South chosen to test drive the Affordable Mobility Platform, or AMP. Organizers say it's part of an effort not only to promote a shift to electric vehicles, but to ensure that shift does not favor some income groups over others.
The shared EVs are supposed to be available in July 2023. The city will put a total of 10 cars in five neighborhoods that have yet to be named. Rates haven't been set yet, but there will likely be an hourly or daily fee. And it's not clear yet which electric vehicles will be used.