Highly populated areas are typically the first areas to see clean transportation options available. Meeting rural transportation needs will be a crucial aspect of the clean transportation sector.
Range anxiety, lack of charging infrastructure, affordability, and variety are among the barriers to adoption for rural communities.
Rural communities’ transportation needs differ in significant ways from urban ones. One in 5 Americans, about 60 million people, live in rural America and many are residents over the age of 65. These stats suggest that rural residents are more likely to be physically or financially dependent on shared transit rather than private car ownership. Forth launched the CRuSE project with the aim to address accessibility, affordability to clean transportation without the hassle of car ownership.
Electrifying rural communities doesn’t stop at the single-occupancy vehicles. Electrifying the types of equipment (such as tractors, forklifts, pick-up trucks) and the other work vehicles will bridge the gap between the rural and urban clean transportation access divide.
We will be joined by panelists Erin Galiger, Program Manager at Forth who will highlight Forth’s e-tractor project. Our guest speakers will discuss strategies to electrify rural communities.