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17 November 2022

Consortium led by EIT InnoEnergy brings affordable, zero-emission micromobility to underserved communities in New York State

  • Project MOVER announced as a grand prize winner of the $85 million New York Clean Transportation Prizes program Electric Mobility Challenge. The award comes with a three-year grant of $7 million.
  • Over 1,000 e-bikes, infrastructure and gear will be deployed in five socio-economically diverse Rivertown communities in Westchester County, removing existing transportation barriers through shared micromobility.

 

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) awarded a partner consortium led by EIT InnoEnergy, the leading engine for sustainable energy, the opportunity to bring affordable and clean micromobility to five Rivertown communities in Westchester County, New York State. Project MOVER aims to reduce household transportation costs and enhance connections to good-paying jobs, services and opportunities outside the immediate community. The partners will deploy e-bikes, charging and docking stations and additional gear in a way that removes typical barriers the communities face with using shared micromobility offerings – like the need to own a smartphone or a credit card. Project MOVER was selected as a grand prize winner of the New York Clean Transportation Prizes program Electric Mobility Challenge and aims to serve as a blueprint for communities across the state.

 

Roughly 40 miles north of New York City, on the banks of the Hudson River, lies the Village of Ossining, home to a long-standing, ethnically diverse population of 27,000, with a growing immigrant community including many Black and Hispanic/Latino residents. Rising housing costs, language barriers and poor access to stable jobs have disproportionally burdened many families. In Westchester, where the cost of living is among the highest in the nation, those living in the Village of Ossining spend nearly 55% of their income on housing and transportation. Providing access to affordable, safe, and clean transportation for all is therefore key to improving the overall quality of life.

 

Project MOVER (Moving Onto Vast E-micromobility Replication) aims to do just that in a novel, collaborative manner.

Mayor Rika Levin, Village of Ossining

Mark Vasu, US Operations Manager at EIT InnoEnergy

NYSERDA President and CEO Doreen M. Harris

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