Transportation & Mobility

Technology is changing the way we access, use, and perceive mobility. The advent of high-performance electric vehicles, connected vehicles, autonomy, and the shared economy are transforming transportation globally. ProspectSV, working with private sector partners and local communities, leads an innovative public­‐private partnership to usher in the next generation of transportation technology, and offer truly unique platforms for innovation at the lab, field, and community scale.

Shared Mobility

PA Mod

This project, led by the City of Palo Alto, will dramatically deepen the understanding of the rapidly changing behavioral dynamics, modeling strategies, and accessibility for mobility-on-demand services. Funded by FTA, the MOD Sandbox Demonstration Program is part of a larger research effort to integrate mobility tools like smart phone apps, ride sharing, etc.

Partners: City of Palo Alto, US Department of Transportation, Ride Amigos, SPUR, UC Berkeley

Connected Infrastructure


Prospect Silicon Valley is partnering with Caltrans and Berkeley PATH on the Connected Vehicle Test Bed in Palo Alto. The test bed, which includes 11 signalized intersections on El Camino Real, is equipped with DSRC roadside units broadcasting SPaT and MAP messages. It provides an actual, operational environment where intersections, roadways, and vehicles can communicate through wireless connectivity. Through this collaboration, ProspectSV is bringing together an ecosystem of corporate and startup partners and engaging product teams to utilize this innovative resource.

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The North San Jose Transportation Innovation Zone (TIZ) is a “living lab” for infrastructure demonstration. In partnership with the City of San Jose, the TIZ is a synergistic opportunity for key partners in Silicon Valley to co­‐develop new safety and mobility applications with a focus on environmental sustainability. This multi‐mile network of combined auto, bus, rail, bike and pedestrian use provides a unique setting for testing next generation traffic analytics, new Connected Vehicle communications and vehicle­‐signal interaction, as well as other innovations addressing congestion and safety in a modern, tech‐savvy urban environment.

Advanced Fleets

The Valley Transportation Authority and Prospect Silicon Valley have partnered to implement advanced Vehicle-Grid Integration strategies with new VTA electric to reduce grid impacts and generate revenue. This $3 million project, supported in part by a $2 million California Energy Commission grant will develop and demonstrate advanced energy management and grid services, as well as develop statewide analytics on transit VGI potential. Following the California state goal of reaching 1.5 million zero emission vehicles by 2025, the project will be critical in improving systems so that this technology can be rolled out on a large scale, supporting VTA’s and the state’s strategy of a zero emissions fleet. Carried out over a 4-year timeline, the project will also focus on unidirectional charging controls to reduce the impact of bus charging, deliver demand response, and provide wholesale ancillary services such as frequency regulation. Additional partners are ChargePointProterraNational Renewable Energy Lab, CALSTART, Energy Solutions, ZNE Alliance, PG&E, Intueor, Trapeze, Clever Devices, and the NOVA Workforce Investment Board.

This $2.5M CEC-funded vehicle-grid integration project led by Berkeley Lab developed and demonstrated a scalable managed charging which enables lower operating costs and new revenues for fleet and personal plug-in vehicles (PEV). Nearly 50 fleet PEVs were provided for this project by Alameda County – including 18 ProspectSV-facilitated vehicles – and drivers of privately owned vehicles. This project helped to establish solutions that can be deployed in commercial, workplace and home charging across California for valuable grid services and will further improve the individual and commercial business case for electric vehicle adoption. ProspectSV was responsible for developing and promulgating best-practices for this project.

Read our Case Study here: Alameda County Case Study

Prospect Silicon Valley has partnered with the City of San Jose on an Autonomous Vehicle Pilot Program. The pilot, which will integrate AVs into a multi-modal transportation network, involves selecting applicants from a pool of innovative technology firms and deploying their innovative technologies within the City. The goals of the project are to explore the practicality of AVs for reducing traffic congestion, improving the use level of public transit, and improving traffic safety. The project originated from the City’s Request for Information in July 2017. ProspectSV’s role is to help evaluate applications, substantiate the proposed technology, ensure successful deployment of the projects, as well as analyze and report significant outcomes.

Read the press release here: We’re proud to be working with the City of San José on their AV pilot

This $1 million CEC-funded initiative installed 152 EV charging ports at destination parking locations throughout the Bay Area. The initiative includes an analysis with best-practices for site hosts on pricing, demand management and operations. In addition to improving EV convenience and supporting adoption, BayCAP is projected to result in the reduction of 1.6 million gallons of gasoline and reduce CO2 by 40 million pounds over the next 10 years while saving EV drivers approximately $6 million in gasoline and maintenance expenses over driving gasoline powered vehicles. Our implementation partners include ChargePoint, ABM, the California Electric Vehicle Alliance and 20 Bay Area communities. Learn more.

EV Fleets is a program that encompasses several different projects to encourage municipalities and other local government agencies to adopt Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs). These projects have placed over 140 PEVs with more than 14 local government agencies to date, with larger mass adoption programs being readied. Programs include the EV Fleet National Demonstration Project (90 EVs, funded by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission) and an EV fleet lease project (50 EVs, a lease program for municipalities that provides access to income tax incentives for EVs through reduced lease rates). In addition to placing EVs in municipal fleets, the EV Fleets project includes a best-practices guide for EV fleet deployment. 
Ready, Set, Charge, Fleets! EV Fleet Deployment Strategies provides details on EV fleet deployment strategies for fleet managers that are interested in transitioning to electric vehicles. The guide is available for download here.

Ready, Set, Charge, California! A Guide to EV-Ready Communities provides public agencies throughout California with guidance on how to advance community electric vehicle (EV) readiness. This guide provides standardized policies, ordinances and best-practices, providing a consistent framework for deployment of EVs and EV infrastructure including information on signage, ADA compliance, permitting and other key matters. The guide supports local governments by accelerating electric vehicle adoption to deliver cost savings to drivers, healthier communities and safeguarding natural resources.


These guidelines support EV-ready communities by providing guidance on key challenges and questions facing local governments. Contents include:

  • Overview of the EV ecosystem
  • EV-ready communities policies, actions and incentives
  • Model development regulations and guidance
  • Charging station installation strategies
  • And more!

Prepared by:

  • Association of Bay Area Governments
  • EV Communities Alliance
  • LightMoves Consulting

Collaboration with California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative

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