The truth is, with virtually no regulations in place, any money given to the companies to incentivize an EV fleet would likely never be seen by drivers. And we would end up paying all costs related to conversion.
That's why RDU got involved.
We knew that for drivers to be able to make the transition, we would need cash to purchase the vehicles and we would need charging stations convenient to our homes and where we work. We knew there was no way we could make the switch without direct financial help and a sustainable infrastructure. Drivers will need more than existing tax incentives and other programs that help people buy electric vehicles. Drivers need on-the-spot relief, not a future promise of tax deductions.
So we developed a set of principles that we introduced to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). (click on the image to see the full document)
As of today, and based on our work, the CPUC is proposing the creation of a Driver Assistance Fund (DAF), funded by a passenger tax, that would be available directly to rideshare drivers to fund conversion to EV cars - whether that be purchasing a vehicle, renting it, or helping with charging costs. The DAF will be administered by an outside vendor, NOT the TNCs.