Sep 13, 2018

Lyft is now 100% carbon neutral

Green Tech
Green Energy
Electric Vehicles
Olivia Minnock
2 min
US ride hailing giant Lyft has announced it is now fully carbon neutral, and is now committed to becoming 100% powered by renewable...

US ride hailing giant Lyft has announced it is now fully carbon neutral, and is now committed to becoming 100% powered by renewable energy sources.

The company will strive to meet its entire electricity demand for its offices, driver hubs and electric vehicles from renewable sources going forward. It has not specified a deadline but did say it will collaborate with local utility partners in order to achieve this goal.

The company states that it has invested millions of dollars already his year in a carbon offset programme, offsetting millions of tonnes of carbon. It is also partnering with clean energy company 3Degrees to purchase renewable energy credits (RECs) where it cannot gain access to zero carbon energy.

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Lyft’s next goal will be to achieve for 50% of its ride volume to bae made up of shared rides by 2020 as well as launching bike and scooter programmes, which will help to decrease emissions.

In a company blog post, Lyft referenced the Global Climate Action Summit which is taking place in the company’s home town.  “As world leaders convene in San Francisco to address the urgent threat of climate change, we’re doubling down on our climate and clean energy commitments. And in the months and years ahead, we look forward to working with public and private partners to drive carbon out of the transportation system.”

The company also stated: “As Lyft continues to grow, we have an increasing responsibility to commit additional resources towards our values in order to maximise the positive impact of the Lyft platform.”

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May 18, 2021

Toyota unveils electric van and Volvo opens fuel cell lab

Automotive
electricvehicles
fuelcells
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Toyota's Proace Electric medium-duty panel van is being launched across Europe as Volvo opens its first fuel cell test lab

Toyota is launching its first zero emission battery electric vehicle, the Proace Electric medium-duty panel van, across Europe.

The model, which offers a choice of 50 or 75kWh lithium-ion batteries with range of up to 205 miles, is being rolled out in the UK, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden.

At present, alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs, including battery electric vehicles) account for only a fraction – around 1.8 per cent – of new light commercial van sales in the UK, but a number of factors are accelerating demand for practical alternatives to vans with conventional internal combustion engines.

Low and zero emission zones are coming into force to reduce local pollution and improve air quality in urban centres, at the same time as rapid growth in ecommerce is generating more day-to-day delivery traffic.

Meanwhile the opening of Volvo's first dedicated fuel cell test lab in Volvo Group, marks a significant milestone in the manufacturer’s ambition to be fossil-free by 2040.

Fuel cells work by combining hydrogen with oxygen, with the resulting chemical reaction producing electricity. The process is completely emission-free, with water vapour being the only by-product.

Toni Hagelberg, Head of Sustainable Power at Volvo CE, says fuel cell technology is a key enabler of sustainable solutions for heavier construction machines, and this investment provides another vital tool in its work to reach targets.

"The lab will also serve Volvo Group globally, as it’s the first to offer this kind of advanced testing," he said.

The Fuel Cell Test Lab is a demonstration of the same dedication to hydrogen fuel cell technology, as the recent launch of cell centric, a joint venture by Volvo Group and Daimler Truck to accelerate the development, production and commercialization of fuel cell solutions within long-haul trucking and beyond. Both form a key part of the Group’s overall ambition to be 100% fossil free by 2040.

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