Electrifying TNCs

TNC electrification pic


Alan Jenn


Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) in ride-hailing services have grown rapidly over the last few years.  This coupling has enormous potential to mitigate greenhouse gases for future mobility from transportation network companies (TNC) such as Uber and Lyft.  This work employs high-resolution data from both charging service providers and TNCs to provide novel insights into the use of PEVs in ride-hailing.  Growth of electric vehicle use has been rapid in the last two years, a proportionally small number of PEVs are already using a large share of electricity provided by public charging infrastructure.  Concerns on the ability of electric vehicles to provide the same level of service as gasoline vehicles has been overstated: we find no statistical difference between the two technologies for services provided to ride-hailing companies.  Lastly, the potential environmental benefits for TNC electrification is tremendously large.  We find that emissions benefits are approximately three times higher for electric vehicles being used in ride-hailing compared to regular usage in California.


Journal Articles


enn, A. Emissions benefits of electric vehicles in Uber and Lyft ride-hailing services. Nat Energy 5, 520–525 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41560-020-0632-7

2018 Jenn, A., Laberteaux, K., & Clewlow, R. (2018). New mobility service users' perceptions on electric vehicle adoption. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, 12(7), 526-540. 






2019 Jenn, A. (2019) “Emissions Benefits of Electric Vehicles in Uber and Lyft Services.” (NCST Report): https://escholarship.org/uc/item/15s1h1kn



Policy Briefs

2019 Jenn, A. (2019) “Electrifying Ride-Sharing: Transitioning to a Cleaner Future.” (NCST Policy Brief): https://escholarship.org/uc/item/12s554kd