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Greenspot's e-Mobility Hubs

Greenspot installs and operates an expanding network of electric vehicle charging stations and then integrates electric shared mobility.

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Greenspot is dedicated to addressing the #4 Opportunity Area: Connect People, Places, and Opportunities. The Michigan Central Station Impact Area in the City of Detroit is going through a major redevelopment. As a result, the need for readily available sustainable transportation solutions will increase as more residents and businesses move to the Impact Area.

Greenspot’s solution is to ensure the redevelopment emphasizes sustainability from a transportation perspective. Greenspot’s solution is to install, operate, and manage Greenspot electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at or near the Michigan Central Station and in nearby strategic locations in the Impact Area. Greenspot may install both Level II charging stations which produce 25 miles per 1 hour of charge and/or Direct Current Fast Charging (“DCFC”) stations which charge an EV from 0-80% in approximately 25 minutes. Furthermore, Greenspot intends to facilitate the adoption of electric shared mobility solutions such as EV car sharing, docked electric scooters as well as electric bicycles at or near its EV charging stations by partnering with electric shared mobility providers. By coupling both publicly available EV charging stations with various forms of electric shared mobility, people will have access to a variety of sustainable transportation solutions all in one location.

 Greenspot envisions countless use-cases for people utilizing its solutions. Greenspot intends to have EV owners charging at the Greenspot e-Mobility Hub as apart of their daily commute or travels. Furthermore, Greenspot solutions will allow daily commuters and visitors traveling in and out of the Impact Area to utilize Greenspot’s e-Mobility Hub to enable or improve their travel needs. Whether a person is visiting the Michigan Central Station for its historic significance or to shop and dine for an evening, travelers with EVs will have access to charging while they experience the area. Furthermore, those who do not own an EV could utilize the various alternative forms of mobility that Greenspot decides to integrate at the e-Mobility Hub such as EV car sharing or docked micro-mobility. Additionally, Greenspot envisions shared fleets (such as Uber, Lyft, taxi, municipal) charging at the Greenspot EV charging stations. By grouping various forms of mobility, people will have a choice when it comes to their travel decisions in the Impact Area.

How will your solution benefit residents, workers, or visitors in the Michigan Central Station impact area? (1,000 characters)

Greenspot’s solution for installing and operating e-Mobility Hubs in the Michigan Central Station Impact Area can benefit every resident, worker, or visitor. Greenspot’s e-Mobility hubs are meticulously designed to enable EV owners and fleets (such as Uber, Lyft, taxi, municipal) to charge in a convenient manner, as well as offering custom tailored mobility solutions to help reduce the number of cars per household by one. Greenspot strives to offer equitable modes of sustainable transportation to the entire public. Greenspot will begin by installing EV charging stations for EV owners and fleets to utilize for their daily charging needs. Following deployment of the EV charging stations, Greenspot will then facilitate the adoption of electric shared mobility through one of its existing or new partners by deploying their service at or near its EV charging stations.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Ready to Scale - you have completed and expanded your pilot and are seeing adoption of your solution by your intended user
  • Fully Scaled - you have already scaled your solution and are exploring new use cases

Insights from previous testing (500 characters)

In Jersey City, New Jersey, Greenspot piloted its e-Mobility Hub model by installing a 19-spot EV section in the public right of way and then integrating various forms of shared mobility such as EV car sharing. Greenspot discovered several key takeaways: (1) strategically group less EV charging stations but deploy in more locations; and (2) shared mobility utilization is determined based on location and availability more than the brand.

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

(1) Michael Mazur is Greenspot’s Chief Operation Officer; (2) Rosie Lenoff is Greenspot’s Business Development Manager; (3) Vartan Badalian, Esq. is Greenspot’s Counsel, Policy and Business Development; (4) Aviya is Greenspot’s General Manager in Israel and manages Greenspot Israel; and (5) Amir Hemo is Greenspot’s Business Development Manager in Israel.

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Team or Organization URL

You can find more information about the Greenspot team at: http://joingreenspot.com/vision.html You can find more information about Greenspot at: http://joingreenspot.com/

Are you submitting as a student team?

  • No

Are you submitting as a team from the Impact Area?

  • No

Funding Request

  • $200,000

Rough Budget (500 characters)

Typically, a Greenspot dual-port Level II charging station with one (1) year of service and installation costs $9,000-$12,000. Typically, a Greenspot dual-port DCFC station with one (1) year of service and installation costs $35,000-$40,000. As for the EV car sharing utilization revenue, as the market grows, this amount will lessen. Lastly, Greenspot shall also install docking stations for electric scooters and bicycles which may cost anywhere from $16,000-$20,000.

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

Greenspot will deploy its solution based on its industry and past experiences while also ensuring it considers the frameworks of the Impact Area and the CITY: ONE CHALLENGE. Greenspot will leverage the funding it receives from the CITY: ONE CHALLENGE to deploy and operate its EV charging stations, facilitate the integration of electric shared mobility services, and also install docking stations for electric scooters and bicycles. Greenspot will leverage its internal staff and resources to perform all the other functions necessary to get the e-Mobility Hub model operational such as strategically locating the key areas in the Impact Area to place the e-Mobility Hubs other than at the Michigan Central Station, executing the necessary agreements and coordinating all the necessary parties together to implement Greenspot’s turn-key solution. Ultimately, Greenspot will utilize the CITY: ONE CHALLENGE funding just like Greenspot does with other rebates and incentives offered by municipalities.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

Greenspot would measure the pilot in Michigan Central Station Impact Area a success by looking at three (3) components: (1) growth in utilization, (2) positive feedback to Greenspot in solving transportation problems, and (3) user growth. Utilization is necessary to best serve the Impact Area and succeed in connecting people in the Impact Area together with their local community. Greenspot would measure utilization by analyzing how many people are downloading the Greenspot app and how charging stations are utilized on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Greenspot assumes that initially, utilization will be low until users are familiarized with Greenspot’s program. In addition to utilization, Greenspot will measure success by how positive users' responses are regarding the pilot. Lastly, Greenspot will measure success by converting individuals from one-time users into reoccurring members.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

Greenspot is currently operating and deploying e-Mobility Hubs across five (5) states in the United States and internationally in Isreal. Following the pilot, Greenspot is confident that it will sustain the project in the Impact Area and expand into more locations. Greenspot currently plans on generating revenue through partnerships with electric shared mobility providers and sponsorship of the e-Mobility Hubs.

Social Media

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Greenspot_EV Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/greenspot_ev/

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Hi Vartan Badalian thanks for submitting your proposal for Greenspot! I work with the facilitation team at City:One. A note. Around the MCS, Michigan Ave has bike lanes that are next to the sidewalk. Car parking spots would be between the bike and the car lane. If we were to install the charging station as seen in the photo (of the Tesla being charged), you would effectively block off the bike lane. What would you do?
Also, I like the idea of creating a charging hub for multiple forms of mobility (vehicle, scooter, bicycle). What would the electrical infrastructure have to be for many charging stations to be installed? What charging rates would have to be implemented for continued service/repair of the stations?

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Hello Boratha Tan , thank you for your questions. We love to hear challenging situations such as the one you just presented regarding the bike lanes. The Greenspot team is open to discussing all innovative solutions. Some that come to mind are: (1) installing the charging stations in between the bike lanes and the roadway so as not to cut off the bike lanes. Something similar to this is in NYC, where many streets are designed where the bike lane is between the sidewalk and a small raised curb. On the other side of the small raised curb is designated car parking and then next to the designated car parking is street traffic. In our case, instead of the small raised curb, we could install our charging stations; (2) installing the charging stations on the sidewalk as seen on the photo above and then redirecting the bike path around the electric vehicles for that specific area; and (3) installing the charging stations on the sidewalk and then running the cord with the plug under the bike path and "docking" the port on the other side of the bike path (most innovative but costly). Of all the options, the first seems the most cost reasonable and also serves a double purpose as it adds one more layer of protection for bikers on the bike path.
As for your second question regarding electrical infrastructure and charging rates, the amount of electrical infrastructure needed on location depends on the amount of charging stations installed. Typically one Level II, 25 kW charging station which has dual ports (can charge two cars at the same time) requires 208 volts (480 volts for DCFC stations). As you expand you require more power. However, Greenspot has never had an issue with needing power in major redevelopment locations. As for the docking stations for electric scooters or bicycles, compared to the charging stations, the power required is minimal. A docking station can be placed near our charging stations with ease and pull from the charging station's powerline. As for our electric vehicle charging rates, typically we adjust our rates based on the time of day. During the day, our rates are about $2/hour and overnight our rates are dropped to accommodate drivers' needs since we don't want drivers' having to move their vehicle overnight.

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