Emissions Benefits of Electric Vehicles in Uber and Lyft Services

Integrating electric vehicles (EVs) into vehicle fleets deployed by transportation network companies (TNCs; e.g., Uber and Lyft) is a particularly promising way to realize the benefits of vehicle electrification, due to the greater average miles traveled and passenger occupancy of TNC fleets. In this report, the author examines EV use in TNC fleets from 2016 through 2018. The author leverages novel datasets from TNCs as well as from charging service providers (e.g., Chargepoint and EVGo) to analyze charging and use patterns of EVs within TNC fleets. These insights allow the author to quantify the emissions benefits of EV use within TNC fleets, assess the capability of EVs to perform TNC services, and understand the effects of EV use within TNC fleets on the charging behavior of non-TNC EVs. The author finds the emission benefits of electrifying a vehicle in a TNC fleet are nearly three times greater than the benefits from electrifying a privately-owned vehicle.

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    • This document was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
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    University of California, Davis

    Institute of Transportation Studies
    Davis, CA  United States  95616

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    One Shields Avenue
    Davis, CA  United States  95616

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
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  • Publication Date: 2019-8


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 25p

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  • Accession Number: 01717810
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NCST-UCD-RR-19-01, UCD-ITS-RR-19-08
  • Contract Numbers: USDOT Grant 69A3551747114
  • Created Date: Aug 13 2019 12:25PM