Charging Forward: Deploying Electric Vehicle Infrastructure for Uber and Lyft in California

The use of electric vehicles (EVs) in new mobility services (such as Lyft and Uber) is growing at a tremendous rate and offers many environmental benefits as the travel intensity from these services are substantially higher than average drivers. However, employing EVs in this context leads to very different use and charging demand patterns than “traditional” electric vehicles. Since the current rollout and infrastructure planning is specific for a use-case that does not align with new mobility EV use, there is a need for further research on infrastructure development for Uber/Lyft type services. This project will focus on identifying the optimal placement and type of chargers that will be needed to fulfill the requirements of charging demand from EVs within new mobility services. Additionally, the chargers can be strategically placed to serve specific communities or provide other services (last-mile events, support of public transit).


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $37981
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    United States Department of Transportation - FHWA - LTAP

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC    20590

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    METRANS Transportation Center

    University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA  United States  90089-0626
  • Project Managers:

    Brinkerhoff, Cort

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of California Transportation Center/Institute of Transportation Studies

    University of California
    Davis, CA  United States  95616
  • Principal Investigators:

    Jenn, Alan

  • Start Date: 20181001
  • Expected Completion Date: 20200331
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01685191
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747109
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 9 2018 5:43PM