Smart Columbus, the multimillion-dollar effort to reimagine wide swaths of the transportation sector in the city, is making grants available to drivers of ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft to phase out their gas-powered car and buy an electric vehicle.
Known officially as the “Smart Columbus Transportation Service Provider Battery Electric Vehicle Rebate Program,” the project has $90,000 in incentive funding available. This rollout represents the second phase of the program. The first, in June of this year, made $120,000 available to taxi companies as rebates when old gas-guzzling cabs were switched out for electric cars. That program made $3,000 available per car. Funding is provided by a $10 million grant awarded to Columbus by Paul G. Allen Philanthropies.