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Leverage gig economy apps and low speed electric vehicles for workforce development, making mobility more affordable and sustainable

Organize and establish new business model. Perform pilot and proof of concept. Connect stakeholders and policy makers.

Photo of Benjamin Meza-Wilson
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The number one barrier to employment in southeastern Michigan is lack of reliable transportation. Through workforce development agencies provide low speed electric vehicles to job seekers who use them in their own neighborhoods for short distance deliveries and rides. Coordinate with express bus service for commuter workforce mobility, with the EV shuttles providing the last mile service at the ends. Planning and policy for street design to improve curbside pickups and drop offs.

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

A user books her or his ride or delivery using the app. They might be having food, groceries or anything else from the nearest corridor delivered. Alternatively they may be going out to the restaurants, bars or stores on the adjacent corridor or to access the main bus line.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Prototype - you have built a prototype and tested it with potential users

Insights from previous testing (500 characters)

It's unknown territory for insurance companies.

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Benjamin Meza-Wilson just finished studying transportation planning, business sustainability and innovation in graduate school to give him the tools to implement a new business model for mobility.

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Are you submitting as a student team?

  • No

Are you submitting as a team from the Impact Area?

  • No

Funding Request

  • $50,000

Rough Budget (500 characters)

$35,000 vehicle $10,000 insurance (general liability and livery) $5,000 employees

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

Use the low speed electric vehicle and app to sell services. Prove concept, that sufficient revenue can be generated.

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

Needing to obtain additional vehicles and drivers to meet demand for rides and deliveries.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)



Join the conversation:

Photo of Boratha Tan

Thanks for your submission Benjamin Meza-Wilson . I am part of the facilitation team in City:One. I was wondering what your plan and timeline is to receive EVs. If you are assuming that Ford will provide EVs, the cost will be much more. For large EVs, there are no companies in the near future that is making EV passenger vans and buses. Your thoughts?

Photo of Benjamin Meza-Wilson

The $35,000 is for a single EV to pilot the service. I assume Ford can build a single small electric vehicle for that much. Once a pilot neighborhood service has ran and the concept is proven, it gets replicated in other neighborhoods and other districts.

As far as electric buses, several companies have those on the market for sale since 2017, so apparently I'm not understanding what you mean by that part of your comment. Could you please clarify so that I understand better?