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Lyft joins EV100 and commits to full EV switch by 2030

Lyft, the ride-sharing company from the US, has joined EV100 by announcing its commitment to reaching 100% electric vehicles on its platform by 2030.

Lyft is making the largest EV100 commitment to date, covering an estimated two million vehicles over the next decade.

The company is estimating that making the switch will save drivers on its platform around $10 billion in reduced vehicle operating expenses.

EV100 is an initiative by international non-profit The Climate Group, bringing together over 70 companies committed to accelerating the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) and making electric transport the new normal by 2030.

Other members include Lime, AstraZeneca, and Ingka Group (IKEA).

Helen Clarkson, chief executive of The Climate Group, said: “It's exciting to see a commitment like this from a company like Lyft, showing that the sharing economy can also pursue ambitious climate targets.

“Lyft is not only sending a clear signal to policy makers and manufacturers, but will also allow millions of passengers and drivers the chance to experience the benefits of clean transport.

“A ride-sharing platform such as Lyft making this commitment shows that electric can be the new normal.”

John Zimmer, co-founder and president of Lyft, said: “Success breeds success, and if we do this right, it creates a path for others.

“By adopting our 100% EVs by 2030 commitment and joining EV100, we hope to inspire other rideshare and delivery companies, automakers and rental car companies to make this shift and provide the catalyst for transforming transportation as a whole.”

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The UK’s most senior public and private sector transport leaders discussed the impact of Covid-19, achieving the Government’s decarbonisation ambitions, the need for more efficient living and better health, and much more.

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Kwasi Kwarteng, secretary of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), who spoke on BEIS's approach to decarbonising transport, particularly the electrification of the vehicle industry

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