source Hollis Johnson Lyft plans to add 1,000 electric vehicles to its fleet this year, the ride-hailing company announced Wednesday. Chevrolet Bolts will be available to drivers through the Express Drive program, where they can rent cars to use on Lyft’s platform. It’s all a part of the company’s plan to become carbon neutral, and could help increase take-home pay for drivers. Lyft drivers will soon be able to use more electric vehicles through the company’s Express Drive rental program, it announced Wednesday. The program will begin in Seattle and Atlanta, chief operating officer Jon McNeill said in an interview with Business Insider on Tuesday, and is in response to demand from both drivers and riders alike for lower emissions vehicles. “I was picked up by a driver in an electric vehicle and I asked him ‘what motivated you to do this?” McNeill said. “And he said quite literally I … [Read more...] about Lyft is adding hundreds of electric vehicles to its fleet as it tries to go completely carbon neutral
The burgeoning electric vehicle (EV) industry may still be in its infancy, but the oil and gas sector has seen the trajectory — and it knows the future is very much about “clean energy.” With that in mind, oil and gas giant Shell has revealed plans to buy Greenlots, a Los Angeles-based company that produces EV charging stations and software for facilities across North America and elsewhere. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. As a result of the acquisition, Greenlots will become a subsidiary of “Shell New Energies,” a sub-division set up in 2016 by Shell which focuses on alternative “new fuels” for transport. Founded in 2008, Greenlots doesn’t sells charging stations to cities, automakers, workplaces, and other property owners. It also offers the software to manage and monitor this infrastructure. On the consumer side, it also serves up mobile apps to help drivers find stations and pay for their charge. Under Shell’s … [Read more...] about Shell snaps up Greenlots to accelerate electric vehicle charging networks across the U.S.
The Senate Select Committee on Electric Vehicles wants governments around Australia to spark interest from the public in electric vehicles (EV), recommending it embark on initiatives such as bringing a Formula-E Championship race down under, as it believes the nation is lagging behind when it comes to the uptake of EVs."EV uptake in Australia lags behind that of other comparable countries due to a relative absence of overarching policy direction from Australian governments," the committee said in its report [PDF], tabled on Wednesday. "The higher upfront cost of EVs, concerns about driving range, lack of recharging infrastructure, and limited model availability are key factors hindering consumer uptake."The committee, referencing a remark it heard from the Australian Electric Vehicle Association of South Australia, said using sport was a means to "capture the public's imagination" and to show that EVs are "high performance machines"."In particular, the committee supports a Formula-E … [Read more...] about Senate Committee thinks hosting Formula-E will boost electric vehicle uptake
A “smart” system for charging electric vehicles on the street has been launched to boost the take-up of clean cars.The new public kerbside charging technology, which includes small on-street hubs called “armadillos” as well as “geckos”, which can be attached to existing bollards or signposts, has been unveiled in Southwark, London.Connected Kerb, the company behind the system, said it includes parking sensors to let people know where a charging bay is free, contactless payment, internet connectivity, and the facility to stop or start a charge from a phone app.The technology comes as the Government has set out plans to end sales of conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2040.Councils are grappling with the need to provide on-street charging for town and city residents who do not have their own driveway where they can plug in their electric cars, with options including standalone units or plugs incorporated into street lights.A freedom of … [Read more...] about ‘Smart’ public electric vehicle charging points launched
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia is finalizing a new electric vehicle (EV) policy that will offer fiscal incentives to foreign car makers, as it ramps up efforts to become a lithium battery hub, its deputy industry minister said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO - A sign is pictured on an electric car charging station at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland June 2, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse “Our target is for 20 percent of all cars produced in Indonesia to be electric vehicles by 2025,” Harjanto said, adding he had been in talks with Japanese and Korean car makers. Indonesia, second largest car production hub in Southeast Asia after Thailand, plans to introduce a fiscal scheme that will offer tax cuts to EV battery producers and automakers, as well as preferential tariff agreements with other countries that have a high EV demand, the deputy minister told reporters. “The lower the electric vehicle’s carbon emission, the lower the tax will be”, the … [Read more...] about Indonesia plans electric vehicle incentives for foreign car makers