On Wednesday, Lyft promised that by 2030, all vehicles on its platform would be electric in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The electric vehicle initiative will apply to drivers’ personal cars, the company’s Express Drive rental car partner program, the rental car program for riders, and its autonomous vehicle program.
John Zimmer, co-founder and president of Lyft, said in a statement, “Now more than ever, we need to work together to create cleaner, healthier, and more equitable communities. Success breeds success, and if we do this right, it creates a path for others. If other rideshare and delivery companies, automakers and rental car companies make this shift, it can be the catalyst for transforming transportation as a whole.”
Lyft is also planning to collaborate with the Environmental Defense Fund and has joined the Climate Group’s EV100 global electric mobility initiative, in pursuit of its 100 percent electrification goal.
According to Lyft’s press release, “Switching to electric vehicles is not just good for the planet; it’s good for people — riders, drivers, and the communities they serve. By helping to solve one of the biggest pieces of the climate challenge, we believe we can provide direct economic benefits to rideshare drivers and environmental benefits to communities most heavily impacted by smog and asthma.”