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Electrifying Ride-hailing Part 3: What Should Uber and Lyft do?

, research and deputy director, Clean Vehicles

I’m often asked, “How can ride-hailing companies electrify when the companies don’t own the vehicles?” Here are a few strategies, some of which ride-hailing companies are currently exploring, that if scaled up, can help accelerate electrification. Read more >

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Electrifying Ride-Hailing Part 2: How Fast Can Uber and Lyft Electrify?

, research and deputy director, Clean Vehicles

There are three significant changes coming to the market in the next decade that will make the economics of electric car ownership or leasing better for drivers: (1) EV upfront costs are dropping; (2) total cost of ownership is becoming competitive even with hybrids; and (3) on the charging front, deployment of  DC fast charging infrastructure is growing and could accelerate with ride-hailing electrification. Read more >

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Can Uber and Lyft Be a Climate Solution?

, research and deputy director, Clean Vehicles

Governor Brown signed several pieces of legislation this year on clean energy and transportation and one of those, signed on a boat in San Francisco bay on a windy afternoon, was squarely aimed at ensuring ride-hailing companies contribute to California’s climate efforts.  The California Clean Miles Standard and Incentive Program (SB 1014 authored by Senator Skinner) brings ride-hailing companies into the climate solutions fold by establishing decreasing climate emissions targets (yet to be determined) for companies like Uber and Lyft. This ground-breaking legislation is the first of its kind, and sets an important example for how the increasingly popular transportation option of ride-hailing can help accelerate emission reductions from transportation, rather than exacerbate them.

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How Many Rides Do Lyft and Uber Give Per Day? New Data Help Cities Plan for the Future

, senior vehicles analyst

In the span of about 7 years, app-based ride-hailing (i.e. Lyft and Uber) has gone from non-existent to ubiquitous in major metro areas. But how are these services affecting important aspects of our transportation system like congestion, public transit, and vehicle emissions? The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) made a big first step last week towards answering these questions. The agency released data showing when, where, and how many rides start and end within San Francisco. These statistics are important because passenger vehicles are the largest source of climate emissions in California, a major source of air pollution, and play a central role in our transportation system, which greatly affects social equity. Read more >

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Self-Driving Cars in 2017: Navigating the Promises and Pitfalls

, research and deputy director, Clean Vehicles

I’ve been thinking a lot about self-driving cars lately—and I’m not the only one. Predictions abound about when the technology will be fully ready, but these vehicles are already out there being tested on public roads. In fact, I’m lucky if a week goes by and I don’t see a car with a spinning roof top sensor—even my first-grader is pretty good at spotting them. Read more >

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