Study: Taking Uber or Lyft costs society and environment more than driving yourself – EV Updates 2022

Study: Taking Uber or Lyft costs society and environment more than driving yourself – EV Updates 2022

Study: Taking Uber or Lyft costs society and environment more than driving yourself – EV Updates 2022

The use of right-hailing services such as Uber and Lift leads to more greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion than driving private cars. A new study From Carnegie Mellon University researchers.

The problem is that ride-sharing drivers spend more time “deadhead” (driving alone) without paying passengers, the study found. Uber and Lyft’s 2019 report found that the total mileage in six cities in the United States was approximately 40% deadheading.

That deadhead mileage increased fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by about 20%, and increased social costs associated with traffic congestion, accidents and noise by 60%, the study found.

The study found that ride-hailing produced lower emissions by controlling the cold-start of individual cars, but not enough to cancel out added emissions from traveling extra miles.

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The study found that sharing trips with more than one passenger in a car would reduce the overall impact of driving private vehicles, but less so than public transportation. Pool rides have proven to be less popular than services that allow one passenger per vehicle.

The issue of deadhead miles prompted California to force the right-hailing of more electric cars. Going there, is going to push Uber and Lyft to encourage EVs.

Both Uber and Lyft have discussed plans to get full power, but with little detail on how it will be implemented. Uber has also announced a partnership with Startup Grind to create an EV exclusively for right-hailing.

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