National Center for Sustainable Transportation
Available online at: https://escholarship.org/uc/item/12s554kd
Jenn, Alan (2019) Policy Brief: Electrifying Ride-Sharing: Transitioning to a Cleaner Future. Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis, Brief UCD-ITS-RR-19-23
Incentives for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) are typically designed to encourage broad consumer adoption of the new technology. However, maximizing the emissions benefits from electrifying the transportation sector also requires incentives targeted at stakeholders with high travel intensity, i.e., those with particularly high passenger occupancy and/or vehicle-miles traveled (VMT). This policy brief focuses on one such class of stakeholders: transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft. It examines empirical data of electric vehicle use in TNCs and discusses research findings on the potential impacts of electrifying TNCs. It also raises important considerations for the development of future policy.
Key words: electric vehicles, ridesourcing