University of Washington Selects Intrago Share E-Bike System
Boulder, CO -- The Intrago (pronounced Intra-Go) Corporation, together with the University of Washington and other partners, has been awarded funding for a shared electric vehicle system at the university's Seattle campus. This system was funded by the Washington State Department of Transportation through a program that fosters innovation to help reduce automobile trips into congested areas such as urban university campuses.
The campus network of self-rental electric bicycles will enhance mobility for students, faculty and staff that arrive to campus using alternative transportation and aims to reduce the number of automobile commute trips in the region.
"We're very pleased to have the opportunity to work with Intrago to bring this innovative project to our campus. This new form of on-demand personal mobility will add a significant enhancement to our award-winning U-Pass program. We anticipate this added incentive to further reduce the number of cars coming to campus each day as well as reduce car and truck use within our campus," stated Joshua Kavanagh, Director of Transportation Services, University of Washington.
Intrago is addressing the unmet need for on-demand personal mobility that is clean, right-sized and enjoyable to use for short-distance trips around campuses like the University of Washington, as well as corporate campuses, vacation destinations and high-density urban and public transit locations. The company's automated rental and management systems enable users to unlock and start any electric-powered vehicle, or unlock any bicycle in the system with their personal Intrago GoKey™. Users may select any vehicle at a station and then return it to the same or a different location.
Dan Sturges, President and Founder, Intrago Corporation, remarked, "We are thrilled that University of Washington sees the value in our system that manages personal powered vehicles in addition to pedal bicycles. The electric bicycles provide some riders the extra assist they may need to make it up hills or travel longer distances while sharing the benefits of exercise and a non-polluting vehicle. It's great to see that Josh and his team want to offer options to make it as easy as possible for a wide range of people to get out of their cars."
Kavanagh continued, "Intrago is the only system available that offers small-sized, electric powered vehicles as well as traditional bicycles. We fully expect to see these easy to use vehicles help our commuters get to campus and get around once they reach campus, including travel to our car-share vehicles for their longer-distance trip needs. Success of this pilot system is expected to lead to much more widespread deployment in the future. Washington State Department of Transportation's support of this project is a testament to Washington's commitment to advanced, efficient mobility systems."
Intrago and the University of Washington expect to launch the self-rental electric bicycle system in time for students returning to school in fall, 2008.
About Intrago Corporation
Intrago Corporation is an electric vehicle systems company offering right-sized, economical transportation options for people to move about local environments. The company's patent-pending offerings under development include automated rental and vehicle management systems for small, personal electric vehicles such as electric bicycles, electric scooters, Segway Personal Transporters, and a range of other local vehicle options.
About the University of Washington
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest state-supported institutions of higher education on the West Coast and is one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University encourages the community to use alternative transportation and maintains a fleet of more than 300 alternative fuel, hybrid, electric and biodiesel-powered vehicles and trucks.
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