Lyft vows to ensure that all of its cars are electric by 2030. However, this switch is slow since most customers are still trying to obtain enough disposable income after the coronavirus pandemic impact. Lyft intends to open new branches in Australia. Uber, Ola, and DiDi are yet to disclose the number of electric cars that this firm supplies to them to operate as taxis.
Most of the ride-share companies are transitioning to electric cars. For instance, Uber reveals that all the cars listed in their Uber app in London will be electric by the latest 2025. On the other hand, DiDi will be attaining its milestone of one million electric vehicles in China sooner than expected.
The Australian government submits that they will be working with the EV industry to spiral up the influx of electric cars into the market since this decision is feasible practically and economically. Australia’s spokesperson states that they don’t intend to be left behind when the whole world is shifting from fossil-fuel cars and private transport to electric vehicles and public transport. To achieve sustainable mobility of the Evs, the government must collaborate with the automotive industry.
Ride-share companies report that the scarcity of electric vehicles in Australia is because the cars are expensive, and there is no motivation by the government for the automakers to venture Evs. They argue that the government can introduce incentives like free parking lots for EV owners, or subsidies like discounts on taxes.
Ola’s managing director in Australia, Simon Smith, says that they have been focusing on battery technology and car models in India. This strategy is to ensure they deploy the best electric vehicles into their international markets. Ola is a ride-share company whose primary interest is seeing electric cars serve their customers efficiently. One of this firm’s noticeable trend is the influx of hybrid cars in the Australian market.
DiDi Australia spokesperson, Daniel Jordan, retorts that DiDi intends to collaborate with EV manufacturers to achieve sustainable mobility services. He reiterates that they will be transferring their innovative ideas like electric vehicles to their global markets like Australia.
Finally, the impact of the coronavirus shelter-in-place measures is slowing the transition to Evs. This challenge is making the ride-share companies layoff its drivers to cushion themselves from the global revenue drop. However, there are positive indicators that the economy will recuperate from this global challenge with various states lifting the lockdown.