May 12 Reuters California cleanair regulators want nearly all trips on Uber and Lyft ridehailing platforms to be in electric vehicles, mandating costly measures that the companies call unrealistic without more public subsidies for EVs.
The proposed rules by the California Air Resources Board CARB, expected to pass on May 20, mandate that EVs account for 90 of ridehailing vehicle miles traveled by 2030. That39;s a lesser goal than the companies themselves have set Both Uber and Lyft recently committed to convert their U.S. fleets entirely to EVs by that year.
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And yet the firms are pushing back on the CARB effort to force the transition, arguing taxpayers should shoulder much of the burden.
The total cost of meeting the state39;s 2030 standard could reach 1.73 billion, even when government subsidies and projected declines in electricvehicle costs are considered, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonprofit research and advocacy organization that projected the transition39;s total cost at Reuters39; request.
California and the ridehail duopoly are on a collision course less than a year after the companies won a battle against the state to maintain their drivers39; status as independent contractors, rather than employees.
The firms39; business models pose among the biggest obstacles to converting their fleets to EVs. Their drivers own their cars and work as much or as little as they please. Even…