Next-Gen Mobility News, February 16th

Volume 24

Toyota, Lyft offer hydrogen-powered vehicles for Vancouver ride-hail drivers
Reuters, February 10th
Toyota Motors Corp and Lyft Inc said on Wednesday they have launched a partnership to provide an initially limited number of ride-hail drivers in Vancouver, British Columbia, with access to hydrogen-powered Mirai sedans.
Delivery 2.0: How on-demand meal services will become something far bigger
Fast Company, February 15th
The U.S. app-based delivery economy took shape in the first half of the 2010s as services such as Instacart, DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Postmates came online and early pioneer Grubhub went public. But it took until this decade for the industry to experience its catalyst event.
Jaguar will be an all-electric car brand from 2025
The Verge, February 15th
UK automaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) says its Jaguar luxury brand will be all-electric by 2025. Meanwhile, its Land Rover brand will release its first all-electric vehicle in 2024, the first of six fully electric models planned for release over the next five years. JLR’s transition will be funded by a £2.5 billion (around $3.5 billion) a year investment into electrification and related technologies, Bloomberg reports.
Irvine firm is hiring 140,000 last-mile delivery drivers nationwide
Orange County Register, February 12th
Irvine-based Delivery Drivers Inc., is planning to hire more than 140,000 last-mile drivers nationwide, including tens of thousands in Southern California, by the end of 2021.
If a food delivery driver hits your car, who pays? The answer: It’s complicated
ABC 11, February 12th
Food delivery services are more popular than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic, but when one of their drivers causes damage to a property, who is responsible for covering it? It’s an issue two different ABC11 viewers faced when they were left with thousands of dollars in damages.
Average EV owner drives half as many miles as other drivers—study
Car and Driver, February 14th
Electric-vehicle drivers put about half as many miles on their cars as the average driver. At least, that’s what a new study, conducted by researchers working for the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), is estimating. Those results are based on calculations that look at the increase in home energy usage for homes with EVs in California.
Former McDonald’s employee launches delivery service to compete against DoorDash, Grubhub
Penn Live, February 11th
Tired of paying high prices for delivery through platforms such as DoorDash and Grubhub, Adams founded the food delivery and courier service catering to the Harrisburg region. The service is advertised as an inexpensive option to national third-party platforms, which often charge 30% or higher fees.
Self-driving startup Aurora partners with Toyota, Denso to deploy driverless vehicles on ride hail networks
Post Gazette, February 9th
Self-driving startup Aurora is partnering with car manufacturer Toyota and automotive supplier Denso to deploy its autonomous vehicle technology on ride-hailing networks.
Denver launches electric car-share vehicles in underserved communities
5280, February 12th
As COVID-19 swept across the country last spring, Mike Salisbury and his colleagues at Denver’s Office of Climate Action, Sustainability, and Resiliency (CASR) began to worry about how city residents were going to get where they needed to go. 
Tesla is in decline, SUVs are king, and more insights from the world’s largest electric-vehicle market
Market Watch, February 6th
Europe overtook China in 2020 to become the world’s largest market for electric vehicles, amid a pedal-to-the-metal push to increase EV adoption from governments and supercharged demand from consumers.
Apple’s search for an autonomous vehicle partner continues. Who it could choose
Barron’s, February 15th
Apple’s search for an auto maker to join the tech giant’s project to build autonomous vehicles continues, following reports that discussions have dissolved with Nissan.