By working with automakers and rental car companies, as well as the millions of independent contractors who drive for Lyft every day, the ride-hailing company believes it can prevent “tens of millions of metric tons” of pollutants from entering the atmosphere.
The path to an all-electric fleet won’t be easy. The company will first focus on its Express Drive rental car program that allows those who don’t own a car to become Lyft drivers. Lyft says it will strive to make EVs available at the same or lower weekly rental price as comparable gasoline vehicles by 2023 in at least 10 of their largest markets.
Lyft says will lobby for “aggressive zero-emission vehicle policies” like mandates, tax rebates, and charging infrastructure expansion. Through these efforts, Lyft hopes to reduce the cost of EVs, improve charging, and develop special promotions — thus making electric vehicles more attractive and affordable for drivers.
Read the article at The Verge.