Uber and Lyft are now public — and now under more investor pressure to expand quickly. What does that mean for energy use and carbon emissions as more cars hit the roads?

Multiple new studies show that these transportation networking companies are causing more traffic and pulling people away from public transit. Meanwhile, cities and states are trying to clean up those fleets by promoting electrification.

Will we be able to clean up ride-hailing fleets fast enough? And how will we do it?

This week, in honor of the Uber and Lyft IPOs, we are looking at the negative and positive consequences of ride-hailing.

Recommended reading:

  • GTM: Electric Ride-Sharing Benefits the Grid, and EVgo Has the Data to Prove It
  • PBS: Why Is Your Uber or Lyft Stuck in Traffic? Most Likely Because of Uber and Lyft
  • Schaller Consulting: Lyft, Uber and the Future of American Cities
  • Streets Blog: Uber and Lyft Caused U.S. Transit Decline

Support for this podcast comes from PG&E. Did you know that 20 percent of EV drivers in the U.S. are in PG&E’s service area in Northern California? PG&E is helping to electrify corporate fleet vehicles. Get in touch with PG&E’s EV specialists to find out how you can take your transportation fleet electric.

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