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Hundreds of new Hyundai Ioniq Hybrids can now be rented through the Express Drive program to reduce emissions

COURTESY LYFT - Some of the new Hyundai Ioniq Hybrids available to Lyft drivers.The Lyft ride-share company has announced it is increasing the number of green vehicles used by its drivers in the Portland region by making hundreds of new Hyundai Ioniq Hybrids available to them to rent.

Lyft is making the vehicles available to its drivers through its Express Drive rental program, which is operated in partnership with Flexdrive.

Following this expansion, more than 20% of Portland Lyft rides will be driven in hybrid or electric vehicles, the company said in the Aug. 12 announcement.

"We're thrilled to bring hybrids to Express Drive with the launch of a new Flexdrive location and to continue to expand the availability of environmentally-friendly transportation solutions to both riders and drivers," said Nathan Lawless, Lyft Oregon general manager. "This reinforces Lyft's commitment to a sustainable future and will reduce the amount of emissions created by vehicles on the Lyft platform, while providing gas savings and more vehicle choice for drivers."

To celebrate the arrival of the new hybrids, Lyft is offering 25% off one Green Mode ride, starting through Monday, Aug. 20. Enter code GREENMODEPDX in the 'Promos' tab in the app to redeem.

The announcement follows other Lyft City Works initiatives in Portland that focus on driving down vehicle emissions and keeping more money in drivers' pockets, like Green Mode, which allows riders to specifically request a hybrid or electric vehicle directly in the Lyft app, and the Portland General Electric partnership that offers free charging for Lyft drivers using electric vehicles. Since these green-focused initiatives kicked off in April, Lyft has seen its number of Portland EV drivers grow by 30%.

Express Drive connects drivers to rental vehicles with standard maintenance and insurance coverage. Those interested in driving with Lyft through Express Drive can submit an application directly in the Lyft driver app, or find the application here.

Drivers can visit the new Flexdrive location at 13750 S.E. Johnson Road in Milwaukie.


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