Portland, Ore. — Today Lyft announced that it will be partnering with Portland General Electric to provide its qualifying electric vehicle drivers with a subscription to charge at all locations in PGE’s Electric Avenue network. Following its launch of Green Mode — a ride option that lets passengers choose an EV or hybrid — earlier this month, Lyft hopes this new offering will encourage current gas-combustion drivers to consider making the switch to an EV.
“We’re thrilled to partner with PGE to provide this service for our EV drivers,” said Nathan Lawless, Lyft Oregon Market manager. “Supporting our electric vehicle fleet reinforces our commitment to a sustainable future and will reduce the amount of emissions created by vehicles on the Lyft platform.”
Lyft will purchase these charging subscriptions and provide them to EV drivers for free. The subscriptions will go into effect on July 1. Drivers with qualifying vehicles will receive an email from Lyft, which will allow them to fill out a brief survey to opt into the program. Drivers will be able to access charging stations in several locations throughout the Portland region, including Downtown Portland, Milwaukie and the newest station in Hillsboro. Having access to these stations will reduce stress for EV drivers, while continuing Lyft’s work to minimize its impact on the environment.
“There is no greater imperative right now than fighting the effects of climate change, which requires addressing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation,” said Dave Robertson, vice president of Public Policy at PGE. “We’re proud to fuel Lyft’s mission to minimize its impact on the environment with a robust and healthy EV charging network, as it aligns with our goal to help deploy electric transportation that serves everyone — regardless of how they choose to move throughout our region.”
This collaboration is another example of stakeholders working closely to electrify transportation to achieve a clean energy future. To learn more about the Electric Avenue public charging network and our sustainability efforts, visit portlandgeneral.com/ev or lyft.com/city .