Electrify America and Lyft Collaborate on Electric Vehicle Rideshare Charging
Electrify America will provide Lyft’s Express Drive program renters of electric vehicles (EV) with convenient and included charging on its DC fast charging network. The companies recently signed an agreement for the same.
Electrify America is one of the largest open DC fast charging networks in the U.S. The company is investing $2 billion over 10 years in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, education and access. The investment will enable millions of Americans to discover the benefits of electric driving and support the build-out of a nationwide network of workplace, community and highway chargers that are convenient and reliable.
Lyft is a ridesharing company based in San Francisco, California and operating in 640 cities in the United States and 9 cities in Canada. The company is committed to effecting positive change for cities by offsetting carbon emissions from all rides, and by promoting transportation equity through shared rides, bikeshare systems, electric scooters, and public transit partnerships.
Express Drive is Lyft’s short-term car rental program that gives people wanting to drive on the rideshare platform access to an electric vehicle through its rental providers. The ultra-fast DC charging on Electrify America’s network is automatically included with the vehicle’s weekly rental and helps ensure that Lyft’s Express Drive EVs spend less time charging and more time giving rides.
Starting next month in Denver, Colorado, the electric vehicle fleet which was newly introduced to Lyft’s Express Drive program will begin to charge at Electrify America’s seven DC fast charging stations with 30 chargers. The company plans to add approximately 19 additional stations and about 75 more DC fast chargers by the end of 2021 in Denver.
As more electric vehicles are introduced into Lyft’s Express Drive program nationwide, the collaboration with Electrify America will grow to include these DC fast charger benefits in new markets.
“This unique relationship with Lyft will be a game changer in helping us advance EV adoption and in reaching new consumer audiences through infrastructure, education and awareness initiatives,” said Brendan Jones, chief operating officer at Electrify America. “With this agreement, Lyft drivers will enjoy the advantages of Electrify America’s ultra-fast and convenient charging network to ensure that they can get back on the road quickly to transport riders to their destinations.”
Source: Press Release