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Lyft passengers will soon be able to request a ride in an electric or hybrid vehicle when they're planning a trip.
The ride-hailing company is launching the feature first in Seattle and then in other cities. The option will show up when passengers are choosing between available Lyft vehicles and it will not cost more for riders than traveling in a car with an internal combustion engine.
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Lyft is also rolling out electric vehicles in Seattle and Atlanta in the fleet of cars that it rents to Lyft drivers who don't own their own vehicles.
The company met with driver and rider groups in the Pacific Northwest and "the number one thing on the list for passengers and for drivers was green vehicles," said Jon McNeill, chief operating officer of Lyft.
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"The cost per mile for an electric is half that of a gas car, and so as we were working on this further, we said this is an excellent way to bring down cost for drivers," McNeill said.
Seattle also has more drivers of electric and hybrid cars than other markets, and Lyft has "tens of thousands" of drivers of electric and hybrid vehicles nationwide, McNeill said, declining to release more...
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