Drive Electric Earth Month

Drive Electric Earth Month
Drive Electric Event and E-Shuttle Launch
Richmond, CA
Apr 20, 2022

Day: Wednesday, April 20, 2022 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm PDT
Location: Richmond Civic Center
450 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2022.

Event Report

Mayor Thomas Butt spoke at the event which also served as the official launch of the Richmond MOVES on demand electric shuttle.  

“Connecting people to where they need to go – and in an environmentally responsible manner - has long been a high priority for the City of Richmond and my office,” said Mayor Tom Butt. “Whether folks are visiting one of our beautiful parks or historic neighborhoods, traveling to BART or the Ferry Terminal, or engaging with other community members at the Richmond Civic Center – we want to make that as accessible and affordable as we possibly can – and this is a step in the right direction.”

Richmond Moves will expand access to efficient, equitable, and sustainable transportation in the Richmond community, particularly for neighborhoods that are underserved by other mobility options.   The goal of Richmond Moves is to fill access gaps in Richmond’s transportation ecosystem, which has historically lacked intra-city transit options and been long challenged by heavily polluted air. The service will enable residents to easily connect with key transit hubs in the region — such as Amtrak stations, BART stations, and the Richmond Ferry Terminal — without a private car. To underscore Richmond’s commitment to sustainability, the fleet will include all plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, which will reduce energy consumption.

Richmond Moves will be powered by Via, the global leader in TransitTech. Via’s intelligent algorithms allow riders to book an on-demand ride to a nearby transit hub, and then directs them to a “virtual bus stop” within a short walking distance. Riders enjoy quick, efficient shared trips that provide more flexibility than traditional transportation options with fixed routes and schedules.

Richmond Moves is funded through the new statewide Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot Program (CMO). The project is part of the California Climate Investments (CCI), a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities. CMO is administered by CALSTART, in partnership with Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC) and the Local Government Commission (LGC).

Audrey Momoh, the District Director for Senator Skinner, and Robert Rogers, District Coordinator, from the Office of County Supervisor John Gioia were in attendance.  Denée Evans, Transportation Services Project Manager also highlighted the city's e-Bikeshare program which is operated by Gotcha Bikes.  Also, announced was the soon to launch, carshare program that is operated by Miocar, and made possible through the Charge Up Contra Costa project and funds awarded by the  California Energy Commission.

AC Transit debuted one of its newest zero emission buses with new marketing design, and Motive Power Systems displayed an all electric step bus.  The Ford Mach E and Volkswagen ID 4 vehicles generated a lot of interest.  

photo by: Gabino Arrendo, Richmond City Manager's Office
Video courtesy of Robert Rogers, District Coordinator for the Office of County Supervisor John Gioia: Joy Massey, Transform is announcing upcoming electric vehicle services and eBike rebates for Richmond. Video courtesy of the Richmond KCRT Team Way to Go Contra Costa link:

Event Description


Please join the City of Richmond to celebrate Drive Electric Earth Day as Mayor Thomas Butt officially launches Richmond MOVES the city's first electric on demand shuttle service.

This is an outdoor event with the opportunity to connect with the various community partners that will be in attendance to share resources on how to purchase electric vehicle charging equipment for home or office, explain financing and rebate options for electric vehicles and electric bikes, and provide information regarding other regional transportation resources.   Learn about the various electric mobility programs that the city offers.  Lastly, meet electric vehicle owners, view their vehicles and hear why electric is the only way to go!

List of Community Partners:
CALSTART, Marin Clean Energy (MCE), Community Housing Development Corporation (CHDC), Mobility Matters, Via Transportation, Bolt Mobility, and Miocar.

Registered Attendees

There are currently 159 attendees registered.

Plug-In Vehicles Registered by Attendees

Vehicle Registered
Chevrolet Bolt 4
Tesla Model 3 4
Ford Fusion Energi 3
BMW i3 2
Kia Soul EV 2
Other Plug-In Vehicle 2
Chevrolet Volt 1
Chevy Spark EV 1
Ford Mustang Mach-E 1
Honda Clarity Battery Electric 1
Hyundai KONA Electric 1
Ioniq Electric 1
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 1
Nissan Leaf (2018+) 1
Smart fortwo electric drive 1
Tesla Model S 1
Toyota Plug-in Prius 1
Toyota Prius Prime 1
Toyota RAV4 EV (2012 and later) 1
Volkswagen ID.4 1
Volkswagen e-Golf 1
21 Models 32

Registered attendees report 714,444 electric miles driven.

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