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CRE’s Drive to Adopt Electric Vehicles

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A key to success in emerging real estate technologies is for major players to get in on the ground floor. Case in point: less than two years after its launch, Envoy Technologies, a California-based provider of on-demand electric vehicles, is now expanding its platform nationally through partnerships with organizations such as Alliance Residential and Equity Residential.

Phoenix-based Alliance recently selected Envoy as a preferred vendor for all mobility and EV charging infrastructure across its nationwide portfolio of properties.

“Alliance Residential’s expanded partnership with Envoy speaks to a joint commitment to bring highly accessible, eco-conscious mobility options to tenants,” said Kelly Vickers, VP of corporate social responsibility at Alliance. “Together, we have the ability to serve as a model for other developers and municipalities looking to welcome electric vehicles into their communities, and drive down total vehicle miles traveled.”

For Equity, Envoy will provide EV charging stations to over 30 properties in the Greater Los Angeles area. In Northern California, Envoy will deploy a Tesla Model S, two Volkswagen e-Golfs and two EV chargers at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel in Sacramento. This past November, as part of Electrify America’s Sac-to-Zero initiative, Envoy launched over 20 e-Golfs at more than 10 multifamily properties across California’s capital city.

“We’re very excited to ink these new deals with real estate giants across California and beyond,” said Envoy co-founder Ori Sagie. “Not only does this string of announcements prove the viability of the shared ecosystem, it also speaks to the steady growth of our company and our broad vision of equitable, inclusive, affordable mobility.”

On the East Coast, Emet Capital’s College Suites in Brockport, NY—a community with 114 student housing apartments serving The College at Brockport SUNY—will also offer student residents the ability to use Envoy EVs and infrastructure. And, Envoy recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Eversource Energy, New England’s largest energy provider.

In partnership with Eversource, Envoy plans to bring hundreds of EVs and accompanying infrastructure to Massachusetts by the second quarter of this year. The deal spans five years in total, concurrent with Eversource’s commitment of $45 million to support the installation of new level 2 and DC fast-charging sites over the same time period.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).