Lyft Announces Next Step in Green Cities Initiative

The ride-share company says that adding more electric vehicles to its fleet is “a significant step forward” in fighting climate change.
February 08, 2019

SEATTLE – Lyft is planning to introduce thousands of electric vehicles onto its platform as part of its Green Cities Initiative, according to the Lyft blog.

The effort “will make it easier for riders to request [EVs] through Green Mode … [and] will provide cleaner transportation options for Lyft riders, and increase net earnings for our driver community,” the company said in the blog post.

Lyft sees replacing gasoline-powered vehicles with electric ones as “a significant step forward in our efforts to fight climate change, and to improve the quality of life in our cities. … This effort will reduce the amount of emissions created by vehicles on the Lyft platform. Following the commitments we made last year, all EV charging will be covered by 100% renewable electricity.”

Lyft indicated that its riders have been requesting cleaner vehicle options, and Green Mode will let riders pick electric or hybrid vehicles starting this week in Seattle and expanding soon to other cities. “This is part of our larger effort to provide eco-friendly transportation options across our platform,” the company said.

Lyft also debuted Lyft scooters to become one of the largest bikeshare services in the United States through its acquisition of Motivate. The company is also integrating public transit into its app to “create a better future for the communities we serve, and to provide more options for our riders.”

Finally, Lyft expanded Express Drive, a rental program that lets those who don’t have a vehicle drive with Lyft. “Through our rental partners, Express Drive connects drivers to rental vehicles with unlimited mileage and standard maintenance, as well as insurance coverage. … EVs will be introduced as part of Express Drive throughout the year, already starting in Seattle and Atlanta, with Green Mode launching [this week] in Seattle and coming to other regions in the future.”