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Bolt to College Provides Green Transportation for West Fresno County Students

Feb 27, 2018

Bolt to College Provides Green Transportation for West Fresno County Students

News Conference to announce new initiative on March 2


“Bolt to College” News Conference

Friday, March 2, 2018

10:00 a.m.

Fresno City College Automotive Bays (T-204)

(Parking Lot G between T-100 and T-200)


Fresno City College students will be the beneficiaries of a new innovative, all-electric vehicle ride service called “Bolt to College.”

The California Energy Commission awarded $750,000 to CALSTART to assist students who commute to the Fresno City College campus daily from the Kerman area in Western Fresno County. The project will develop and demonstrate a transportation service option that is a hybrid between traditional transit and the personal automobile using all electric, zero emission vehicles.  This 18-month initiative will provide a new battery-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV for the on-demand ridesharing operation.

The new project will be introduced at a news conference on Friday, March 2, 2018 at Fresno City College beginning at 10:00 a.m.  The news conference will be held near the automotive bays (T-204) in parking lot G, located between T-100 and T-200. The new Chevrolet Bolt EV will be on display. Representatives from CALSTART will join FCC President Dr. Carole Goldsmith, along with other partners of the grant.

Students commuting to FCC from the Kerman area drive a round-trip average of more than 35 miles per day, which can cost a student about $300 per month for transportation to and from classes using the normal single occupant vehicle trip model so common in rural areas of the San Joaquin Valley.  These single occupant vehicle trips not only cost the students up to $3,000 per school year for transportation to and from class, they add to the already significant parking challenges for Fresno City College, increase air pollution in Fresno County, and add to vehicle congestion along Fresno County roads and highways. 

CALSTART is partnering with Fresno EOC, Fresno Metro Ministry, the Office of Community and Economic Development at CSU, Fresno, CSU, Fresno Advanced Transportation Institute, and the University of Colorado, Denver to bring this new project to Fresno City College students. 

The “Bolt to College” project has three objectives: (1) create an on-demand, subscription-based, door-to-door service for FCC students from Kerman area; (2) prove the value and suitability of the new battery-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV as a zero-emission platform for on-demand ridesharing operations in rural areas; and (3) demonstrate how existing transit services in rural areas can be leveraged and enhanced through the addition of advanced battery electric vehicles and innovative ride-matching services.

CALSTART is a member-supported organization of more than 175 firms, fleets and agencies worldwide dedicated to supporting a growing high-tech, clean transportation industry that cleans the air, creates jobs, cuts imported oil and reduces global warming emissions. CALSTART provides services and consulting to spur advanced transportation technologies, fuels, systems and the companies that make them.

For more information, please contact the Public Information Office at 559.489.2218.


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