Electrify America is to provide the rideshare company Lyft’s Express Drive program renters of EV with convenient and included charging
Electrify America has announced an agreement with Lyft to provide the rideshare company’s Express Drive program renters of electric vehicles (EV) with convenient and included charging on its DC fast-charging network.
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.
“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.”
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.
“Lyft’s mission is to improve lives with the world’s best transportation, and part of that commitment is taking action to put more clean vehicles on the road,” said Cal Lankton, Vice President for Fleet and Global Operations at Lyft. “However, we can’t have an impact without providing our drivers with fast, convenient access to charging, which is why we are thrilled to be working with Electrify America.”