Best of Earth911 Podcast: Upshift’s Ezra Goldman on the Future of Shared Transportation

Best of Earth911 Podcast: Upshift’s Ezra Goldman on the Future of Shared Transportation

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Transportation within the fashionable world must make extra sense. We pay tens of 1000’s of {dollars} for autos that sit unused about 95% of the time. We have designed an infrastructure primarily based on car-centric inhabitants facilities which have develop into hard-wired into the map and stop the evolution of versatile options to the inner combustion automobile. With logistics and cloud technology, a automotive might be shared, and a brand new financing possibility might help. Meet Ezra Goldman, co-founder and CEO of Upshift, a San Francisco-based firm rethinking the automotive lease, delivering autos to be used on the times they’re wanted, and reallocating them to different customers after they could be sitting idle. The firm is elevating capital on WeFunder, a crowdfunding platform. Upshift hit its first purpose, elevating about $105,000 to speed up its deployment of “fractional auto leasing” of hybrid and electrical autos in San Francisco. The WeFunder campaign ends on April 30 and can help Upshift’s growth to Washington, D.C. 

Ezra Goldman, co-founder and CEO of Upshift
Ezra Goldman, co-founder and CEO of Upshift, is our visitor on Sustainability in Your Ear.

Uber and Lyft proved that automotive use might be maximized by connecting a driver and somebody needing a trip or supply. But that mannequin nonetheless depends on the concept of static possession, and lots of options are doable now that the digital infrastructure has matured. Ezra explains why fractional leasing saves cash and reduces the environmental impression of driving. He is an MIT graduate with a grasp’s diploma in Urban Planning, Design, and Mobile Technology, and he studied for a Ph.D. on the University of Copenhagen. Ezra additionally spent 4 months as a Lyft driver in 2017, an expertise that satisfied him by no means to make use of gig staff at Upshift. You can study extra about Upshift at and take a look at the WeFunder marketing campaign at

Originally aired Apr 19, 2023.