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Lyft has announced a plan to transition to all-electric vehicles by 2030, one of the biggest corporate commitments to date to reducing carbon pollution.
Environmental activists have long been calling on Lyft and Uber to electrify their fleets. A February study found ride-hail services create around 50 percent more carbon emissions than private car trips.
Lyft is finally taking action, saying the switch to electric could prevent “tens of millions of metric tons” of pollutants from entering the atmosphere.
The company also said it’s in talks with automakers to find ways to make battery-powered vehicles more affordable for its drivers. While they’re cheaper to own and operate, battery-powered vehicles have much higher upfront costs than gasoline models. “We’re looking at ways to bridge the economic gap between a gas vehicle and an EV,” said John Zimmer, co-founder, and president of Lyft.
“Now more than ever, we need to work together to create cleaner, healthier, and more equitable communities,” Zimmer continued. “Success breeds success, and if we do this right, it creates a path for others.”
Lyft is certainly headed in the right direction.