Envoy Technologies, a provider of shared on-demand, community-based electric vehicles, has unveiled the first wave of live sites and vehicle deployments through the Electrify America Green City initiative in Sacramento known as Sac-to-Zero.

More than 20 Volkswagen e-Golf vehicles are now available across Sacramento at more than ten multi-family properties, each with an accompanying Level 2 charging station. The majority of these sites are in disadvantaged communities where drivers can use the Envoy There mobile application to use vehicles for myriad uses.

Envoy’s car share programme is part of Electrify America’s US$44m investment in Sac-to-Zero, which is designed to shift mobility choice to electric mobility options. The initiative is intended to increase access to zero-emissions vehicles (ZEV) in the Sacramento area, expand ZEV technology use and prepare the city for future electric vehicle adoption.

“We’re proud to collaborate with Electrify America and bring this deployment to fruition only months after being announced,” said Envoy co-founders, Aric Ohana and Ori Sagie. “Thanks to Electrify America, the City of Sacramento, and Mayor Steinberg’s office, we can offer drivers easy access to EVs, especially drivers from disadvantaged communities, where transportation options tend to be scarce.”

The Sac-to-Zero initiative features two new car sharing services, new ZEV bus and shuttle routes as well as vehicle charging systems throughout the Sacramento area.

The full project is anticipated to be completed early in 2019. Envoy’s fleet will eventually feature more than 140 vehicles in more than 70 different locations.