Better World Transportation
A New Social Business
Based on Tesla Technology
Using the Best Transportation
Transportation LLC (BWT) is developing a new "social business",
based on Tesla technology, using best transportation solutions
for urban cities, rural counties and costal ports.
We believe that
Tesla Motors; car, truck, battery and solar technology, is creating
a tremendous new business opportunity for clean safe transportation.
We are a social business,
an innovative model developed by Muhammad Yunus that generates
profits but reinvest them into the company to further its social
impact, instead of distributing dividends.
goal is to become a company that is 100% employee-owned through
an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). Additionally, we intend
to be union company with union contracts that benefit the interests
of BWT employees. This is based on the successful model of Recology Inc.
in San Francisco, an employee owned business with Teamster union
Transportation is focused on three markets.
BWT will initially
launch an all Tesla private car service, starting in San Francisco,
California. This will be similar but different from traditional
limousine services. We will compete in that market based on quality,
service and price. Our awesome added value is both our clean,
safe Tesla cars and our social mission.
the bay area
Corporations with visiting clients
Special event VIPs
Businesses with ride sharing service agreements
Transportation will next launch in California rural counties
serving people who live beyond access to public transportation.
We will serve the working poor who currently rely on informal
car services. These people pay others for rides back and forth
from work, medical appointments, government offices and shopping.
Because of our
social business model, BWT will be able to flourish in this market
that has great demand but few transportation providers. We will
provide clean, safe, reliable and affordable service using Tesla
cars, community-based drivers and modern communications systems.
The BWT Rural
service is a hybrid of business model of Grameenphone and Green
Grameenphone started as the Grameen
Bank's Village Phone program, a pioneering initiative to empower
rural women of Bangladesh. The name Grameenphone translates to
"Rural phone". When the service started a cellphone
was only accessible to the select urban elite. Grameen partnered
with "phone ladies" who owned and operated a cellular
payphone service for an entire village. This successfully provided
the most modern mobile phone service and equipment to poor people
in a way that was accessible and affordable.
Green Raiteros is a non-profit rural
ride-sharing service that builds on an "indigenous ride-sharing"
transportation service that has existed for many decades in the
heart of California's San Joaquin Valley. The program is an evolution
of an informal, self-organized system that local farm workers
have used for decades. It provides cost-effective transportation
to underserved, farmworker communities to help increase their
economic and health opportunities while reducing air pollution
and greenhouse gasses by using electric vehicles.
is to use the greenest and best transportation technology to
serve the working poor and contribute to sustainable economic
development in rural California.
Transportation will launch its costal ports division using Tesla
electric semi-trucks, as soon as they are available. We will
initially start by serving the Port of Oakland.
In the short-haul
port trucking market containers are off loaded from ships at
port terminals and trucked to local railyards or warehouses for
long-haul distribution. Short-haul truckers based at America's
ports now make up a large and growing portion of the country's
truck driving workforce.
companies control this market. They are traditional for-profit
businesses and notorious for deliberately mis-classifying their
employers as independent contractors instead of as employees.
Drivers are treated like sharecroppers on wheels. An estimated
60,000 port drivers work extremely long hours with low pay, cannot
afford health or retirement benefits, and many have one foot
in bankruptcy court. This creates troubling implications for
national security, highway safety, and environmental pollution.
and long lines for trucks creates serious air pollution at ports
and their surrounding communities. For decades environmental
groups and the Teamsters have organized and campaigned for "clean
safe ports" to improve job, health and working standards
for drivers and port communities.
Transportation will eliminate inherent conflicts of interests
between company, workers and the environment. We will do this
with our social business structure and plan to be both 100% employee-owned
and operating with a Teamster union contract. This is the win-win-win
solution for America's port trucking.
We will successfully
compete in this market based on quality, service and price. Our
awesome added value is our social mission. We intend to be leaders
in port trucking with clean, safe, Tesla semi-trucks, modern
logistics systems and talented happy professionals.
Sustainability and Growth
Transportation's plan is to start up in the Bay Area, expand
its services throughout California and then nationally, coast
We believe that
our social business, design science, Tesla technology and great
people can change the world.
Brian E. Webster, Manager
Better World Transportation LLC
San Francisco, California