In Fall 2017, Ole and Maitri acquired a second-hand all-electric Nissan 2013 Leaf and have made it available for informal sharing. In January, 2020, Kailash Ecovillage received a grant from Portland General Electric’s Drive Change Fund to set up a formal community vehicle sharing program with one newly acquired electric vehicle. Funds from this grant were used to acquire a 2017 Chevy Bolt EV as well as a commercial networked Sema 6 charging station. Our goal was to set up a community car sharing program using Getaround. Unfortunately, it turned out Getaround only allows Tesla EVs.
In Fall 2020 we set up our own program using commercial insurance and our own scheduling and maintenance program.
As of Summer 2020, the community shares three all-electric vehicles.
We also added an additional EV charger and four reserved parking spaces just off the street to park our two community EVs and allow neighbors to charge their EVs as well.
The bike team also maintains a shared bike and trailer for community use. We encourage other residents to join us in sharing their vehicles.