According to new reports, Los Angeles now may force Uber and Lyft to use all-electric vehicles. The LA-based clean technology leaders announced their Zero Emissions 2028 Roadmap 2.0 in November this year. At the time, Mayor Eric Garcetti called for a 25% reduction in air pollution by 2028.
The Mayor also said that the authorities have the power to regulate car share. They can mandate and are looking closely at mandating that any of those vehicles in the future be electric. LA’s 2028 green plan includes purchasing more electric buses and EVs for the city’s municipal fleet. Electric Vehicles would account for 30% of all light-duty passenger vehicles on the road and at least 80% of all vehicles sold. The city may end up deploying America’s first electric fire engine.
The Roadmap to All-Electric Vehicles in LA
Mayor Garcetti’s concept to require rideshare services to use EVs has not yet moved beyond the idea phase. But the LA city council is considering how to exert more control over rideshare services, including by creating a driver-registration program. The state’s Public Utilities Commission currently regulates ride-hailing services in California. Implementing the EV policy for Uber and Lyft drivers could be tricky. Most drivers own their vehicles. Regardless, Mayor Garcetti is seeking any means to use city powers to mitigate climate change. Therefore, he said that local actors are the most critical elements of LA to win the fight against climate change. Thus, it is the local governments and regional governments that need to regulate or directly control building codes, transportation networks, and electricity generation, which together are 80% of our overall emissions.
Uber’s Take in EV Adoption
Uber in June 2018 announced a pilot program providing subsidies for drivers who use electric vehicles. The pilot program called the EV Champions Initiative included seven cities: San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Seattle, Montreal, and Austin.
In the program, drivers accrue a dollar-per-ride bonus for using plug-in hybrids or full battery EVs, with a maximum payout of $20 per week. However, the initiatives allow drivers to buy an EV. But the program, which was supposed to last for one year, ends without any announcements from Uber. Uber in September partners with EVgo and Powerdot to improve access to EV charging.
And in London, Uber launched a plat to make every car on the Uber app fully electric by 2025. That plan is voluntary. But if other cities follow LA’s lead, Uber and Lyft won’t have a choice. The services will have to go all-electric to meet broader environmental goals.
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