If you live in a city, you’ve likely heard of Uber and Lyft. These on-demand ride-sharing services are rapidly gaining popularity. And it’s a trend that could help expand the adoption of electric vehicles.

Lyft car passengers

Emily Castor, Lyft’s transportation policy director, says drivers in her network are very conscious of fuel costs.

CASTOR: “. . . which is why we already see more Lyft drivers gravitating to clean vehicles than drivers in the general population.”

Meanwhile, rapid advances in self-driving technology are also fueling a move towards electric vehicles.

Lyft recently announced it’s working with General Motors to develop a fleet of on-demand, self-driving cars. And when that happens, there will be an even bigger market incentive to go electric.

Emily Castor
Emily Castor

Castor says fleet owners are going to want to reduce operating costs, so it will make sense to save fuel by using EVs.

CASTOR: “And in fact it may actually be easier for a fleet to operate electric vehicles because we could have more centralized locations where the charging infrastructure is needed rather than at every individual’s home.”

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So as technological and social innovations continue, three major trends in transportation are converging – ride-sharing, self-driving cars, and electric vehicles.

Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media.
Car with passengers photo: Courtesy of Lyft.

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