New L.A. car-sharing service aims to serve low-income neighborhoods

 

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A new car-sharing service is launching in Los Angeles that is aimed at lower-income families who can’t afford eco-friendly cars.

The BlueLA Electric Car Sharing Program, announced by Mayor Eric Garcetti on Friday, will bring 100 electric cars and 200 electric vehicle charging stations to Westlake, Pico-Union, Koreatown, Echo Park and downtown Los Angeles starting this summer.

The cars will be available 24/7 at self-service kiosks and can be rented by the minute or via a monthly subscription. Exact rates haven’t been set, but city officials said prices will range from 15 cents to 80 cents per minute of drive time.

State lawmakers have been pushing Californians to consider zero-emission vehicles such as hybrids and electric cars. But going green can be especially difficult for low-income families.

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