Ride-Sharing Giants Move Toward Electrification

In an article for Utility Dive, Navigant discusses the impact evolving electric vehicle ownership has on ride-sharing and community infrastructure

The continued growth of electrification and ride- and carsharing services will create changes that go beyond actual automobiles and fuel type. Many experts believe it will impact how cities and infrastructure are built. 

In an article for Utility Dive, John Gartner, director at Navigant, discusses the evolution of electric vehicle (EV) adoption, specifically how EV ownership is changing and its effects on communities across the country. 

"The changing demographics of EV ownership, the changing views on mobility and the split between personal and shared vehicles...all of that has an impact on public charging networks," said Gartner said, adding that people are not driving less, but rather who is driving and who owns the car is changing.

"As communities are trying to decarbonize, the increased utilization of ride share programs can exacerbate [emissions] in the short-term, if they are not electrified," Gartner said.

Both Uber and Lyft are working to avoid this by encouraging electrification among drivers and customers. However, the two companies are still in the beginning stages of this effort and it will take time and several approaches to fully facilitate the shift to electrification.

According to the article, many believe a large deployment of charging infrastructure is necessary for broad-based EV adoption, however, charging infrastructure can be complicated to deploy or operate and is currently unprofitable. 

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