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Lyft Announces Plans for 100% Electric Vehicle Fleet by 2030

Published on Jun 18, 2020 at 7:32 am in News.

On June 17, Lyft announced committing to having 100 percent electric vehicles on its platform by 2030. The decision was made, in part, to get ahead of new emissions regulars under development in California. The company’s pledge will result in transitioning all vehicles used on the platform to electric vehicles or other zero-emissions technologies.

While Lyft will be able to source electric vehicles directly for its Express Drive rental car program, its consumer rental car program, and its autonomous vehicle program, the majority of vehicles used by Lyft’s drivers are driver-owned.

New Uber Program Helps Drivers Apply for PPP Loans

Published on Jun 17, 2020 at 8:00 am in News.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has impacted the rideshare industry, Uber has partnered with fintech lender Kabbage to provide its drivers with a simpler application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans.

PPP loans are managed by the Small Business Administration. They are designed to provide a direct incentive to small businesses for keeping their workers on the payroll. Uber drivers are eligible for this type of loan because the company classifies them as independent contractors.

Fewer Rideshare Drivers Return to Work After COVID-19 Restrictions Ease

Published on Jun 16, 2020 at 7:41 am in News.

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As cities ease COVID-19 restrictions, those looking to hail a rideshare vehicle may notice increased wait times. In some cases, Uber and Lyft users may struggle to find a ride at all. At the moment, this is especially true in Las Vegas.

According to KTNV News, Las Vegas rideshare drivers are encountering a number of issues as the city begins to reopen. For one, many drivers are still waiting to get their Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. The federally funded program was intended to help independent contractors who were in need of financial assistance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rideshare Companies Hold Mask Distribution Event

Published on Jun 15, 2020 at 7:41 am in News.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have mandated face coverings for drivers and passengers. Per official guidelines from government organizations and agencies, face coverings like homemade masks reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Some drivers, passengers, and others believe rideshare companies are not doing enough to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to their workers. As a result, both Uber and Lyft are holding a mask distribution event in Daly City, California.

Wheels Restarts Seated Electric Scooter Sharing

Published on Jun 12, 2020 at 7:44 am in Uncategorized.

Wheels, which shut down at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, is now restarting its shared electric scooter service. As the company reopens, it plans to promote itself as a safer alternative form of transportation from cities still impacted by the pandemic.

The company plans to reopen in Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas Austin, and Orlando, with additional expansions to new locations soon. Wheels has spent the company’s downtime by working to maintain a safe operating environment on its seated electric scooters.