California will make Uber and Lyft nearly all-EV by 2030

by David Ferris, Governors’ Wind and Solar Energy Coalition


  • The California Air Resources Board (CARB) released its Clean Miles Standard, a plan which works to regulate the emissions of ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft
  • Drivers for these companies tend to contribute to carbon emissions and traffic congestion because they are often driving around without passengers to transport
  • The new plan calls for the electrification of their fleet by 2030, regulates the emissions of miles driven by rail hailing drivers, and calls for these companies to invest in bike lanes and help improve public transportation
  • These new rules take effect in 2023

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Lyft announces ‘100 percent’ of its vehicles will be electric by 2030

by Isabella O’Malley, Yahoo! Finance


  • Ride-hailing company, Lyft, has announced that all of their service vehicles will be electric within ten years
  • On Lyft’s website, the company cites the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to rebuild their business and focus on sustainability:

Rather than hunker down and ride out COVID-19, we chose to stand up and accelerate our efforts to address the climate crisis. With transportation recently overtaking electricity as the single largest source of planet-disrupting greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution in the US and the second-largest source in Canada, we believe now is the time for Lyft to lead a radical shift in strategy

  • The company is collaborating with the Environmental Defense Fund on this transition
  • Lyft will negotiate with automakers to secure deals for their drivers who will ultimately have to buy the new cars themselves

The Climate Center’s Climate-Safe California campaign calls for investments and bold policies to support clean mobility, including a phase-out of all gas-powered vehicles.

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Uber and Lyft are convenient, competitive and highly carbon intensive

by Phil Mckenna, Inside Climate News


Popular ride-hailing services are emitting 69% more carbon dioxide compared to other modes of transportation according to a new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

  • Most emissions are the result of deadheading, the act of driving around in between ride pickups, which account for 42% of miles traveled for ride-hailing drivers
  • Efforts to encourage pooling, sharing rides with strangers traveling in the same direction, are bringing emissions down closer to private vehicle emissions. Electrifying the rides decreases emissions further, especially when these rides are shared
  • Electrification efforts for ride-hailing are gaining momentum as Lyft, Uber, and various states are incentivizing drivers to buy electric cars:
    • In Colorado, Lyft has subsidized leases on electric cars and their charging costs
    • In London, Lyft added a fee on all rides to help drivers afford to purchase an electric vehicle
    • In California, the State passed legislation that all ride-hailing companies have to transition their fleets to all-electric by 2023
  • Emissions would decrease if half of all rides were shared, but many riders do not want to pool with others in the interest of time and privacy

Clean mobility initiatives including vehicle electrification, a gas-powered vehicle phase-out, increased investments in electric public transportation, and investments in infrastructure for micro-mobility are all key to building a climate-safe California.

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