Ride-sharing and ride-hailing continue to influence how passengers get from point A to point B, and leaders in this realm may be able to help speed up the transition to cleaner vehicles as they work to meet their climate goals and reduce their carbon footprint.
Lyft’s Express Drive Rental Car Sharing Program enables its drivers in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco areas to rent an electric car, manufactured by GM, on a short-term basis. This is part of Lyft’s recently announced effort to provide 1 billion automated electric car rides by 2025.
Uber is also doing its part, as it has launched an electric car initiative starting in Portland, Oregon to reach its goal of electrifying 10 percent of its fleet by 2019.
BlueLA and BlueIndy are the very first EV-car sharing services of their kind, making it possible for everyone to have access to a network of affordable shared electric vehicles placed strategically in low-income neighbourhoods., available to them 24/7.
Some car-sharing companies charge rates as high as $80 - $100 per day, which are out of reach for the communities who suffer hardest both economically and from poor air quality due to living in neighbourhoods close to polluting factories and freeways.
All-electric car ride-sharing platform, WaiveCar, has partnered with electric car manufacturers, including GM and Hyundai, to offer free EV rides starting in Santa Monica, California. Zipcar has over 11,000 cars available to over 730,000 members, and their hybrid cars have been popular with their members since 2003 when they introduced the Toyota RAV4 EV, since adding Chevy Volts and Honda Fit EVs.
These programs and initiatives are spreading across ride-hailing and car-sharing programs, which will expose more of the public to the benefits of driving electric.
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