Residents at three public housing areas now have a mini-fleet of free Zipcars to make their way around Sacramento.
On Friday, Sacramento launched a pilot program that put eight shared electric Kia Souls at public housing sites. Up to 300 residents can apply for on-demand access to the vehicles, with no charge for maintenance, insurance or juicing up the battery.
The program is funded through a $1.3 million grant from the California Air Resources Board using cap-and-trade funds that businesses pay to offset their carbon emissions.
Local leaders said it will provide green transportation options to disadvantaged areas where even simple tasks like getting groceries can be a challenge.
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