When we think of EVs, we often think of cars. But 2018 saw major expansion of electrified buses, public fleets, bikes, scooters and ride-sharing programs.
A dozen of the largest city, regional, and state governments signed on to CALSTART’s “Drive to Zero” pledge with truck manufacturers and technology companies to accelerate the deployment of zero and near-zero emission buses and trucks.
Proterra announced that they will enter the school bus manufacturing market through a partnership with Daimler. The buses will be built in Greenville, SC.
IKEA committed to use EVs for last mile home deliveries in Los Angeles and New York by 2020. IKEA also committed to transition all its last mile home deliveries to EV or other zero-emission transport by 2025, and provide access to charging stations at IKEA stores, offices and distribution centers in 30 markets globally by 2020.
UPS continued its transition to electric vehicles and signed on for 1,000 more e-delivery trucks from Midwest-based Workhorse.
Organic food maker Clif Bar & Company committed to electrifying its vehicle fleet by 2030 and installing charging points at all its offices and bakeries, currently located in six different states (CA, OH, AR, MN, IN and ID). The company has also been offering its employees financial incentives ($6,500) to purchase EVs and hybrids. More than third of its 1,200 employees – over 450 – have taken up the opportunity so far.
Lyft committed all rides from now on to be carbon neutral. The more shared rides and clean vehicles on the platform, the fewer carbon offsets Lyft will need to purchase.
Uber, not to be outdone, committed to invest in technologies that reduce the carbon intensity of its ride-share service, such as electric vehicle initiatives and expanding e-bikes and e-scooters and pooled ride services in more than 20 cities across three continents.
Zoox, a rideshare start-up, committed its entire future vehicle fleet (target launch in 2020) to be 100 percent battery electric.