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Mobility Innovation Lab
2019 Project Accelerator

Advancing and Accelerating Mobility Transformation


RMI’s Mobility Innovation Lab (MIL) Project Accelerator is an invitation-only, four-day working meeting bringing together teams to tackle obstacles to large-scale mobility transformation. By bringing together the stakeholders required to advance specific projects, address gaps, and derive solutions, breakthroughs can be achieved that deliver a replicable real-world foundation for scaling up.


Beginning in 2016, the transportation sector became the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the United States. Electrifying transportation is a vital part of the needed mobility transformation and the biggest near-term lever for reducing climate impacts and local pollution. All stakeholders must work together to ensure that the benefits of transportation electrification are realized.


MIL Project Accelerator teams comprise five to eight people representing multiple project stakeholders and partners. A team’s project must be actively under development, although it may range from an early-stage idea to a project well under way.


• The Mobility Innovation Lab Project Accelerator will be held at the RMI Innovation Center, located in Basalt, Colorado, just outside Aspen.

• The 2019 Project Accelerator starts in the early afternoon of August 5, and will conclude after lunch on August 8.


Electrifying Fleets: Projects that advance the transition toward commercial fleet electrification, including barriers, motivators and strategies for accelerating the market. This includes transit, freight, transportation-network-company, corporate, and government fleets.

Innovative Financing and Business Models: Projects focused on overcoming the financial hurdles associated with electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. This includes capital and overhead and maintenance costs, risk mitigation/shedding, and soft costs. It could include fleet operators, utilities, building owners/tenants, and/or third parties.

Regulatory Reform and Rate Design: Projects focused on lowering the regulatory and political barriers to utility investment and engagement in the electric vehicle (EV) charging space and/or EV charging-specific electricity tariffs. Utilities and regulators are obvious participants, and so too are consumer advocates, city staff and elected officials, and others.

EVs as Distributed Energy Resources: Projects focused on leveraging the flexible load EVs represent to provide ancillary services to the grid, facilitate high penetrations of renewables, manage charging standards, etc.

Urban Mobility Solutions: Projects focused on decreasing commute times or distances, reducing reliance on personal vehicles, or improving access to shared mobility services. These projects could include employer-specific commute programs, curb-management business models, micro-mobility charging strategies, first- and last-mile service models, or public transit enhancement programs.


Mobility Innovation Lab’s inaugural Project Accelerator, held in 2018, brought together cutting-edge projects in the Midwestern United States focused on EV charging at multiunit dwellings, high-speed corridor charging, and electric school buses. These teams were supported by faculty with expertise in utility regulation, environmental law, state and local government, and utility business models.

Part 1: The Vehicles Are Here—Now What?

Part 2: Under the Hood of the Leading Transportation Projects in the Midwest


Teams and Faculty

The yearly roster of MIL Accelerator teams and faculty.

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Webinar: Mobility Innovation Lab Project Accelerator 2019

Join us. Together we have the power to create measurable change in the nation’s mobility system and our communities, with scalable, wheels-on-the-ground projects.

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Contact: Michael Liebman at MTX.innovationlab@rmi.org or call 503-705-1884

Submit your team application today.

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