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Uber and Lyft Drivers in New York Struggle With City’s EV-Charging Divide

Good luck finding a place to charge an electric vehicle if you're anywhere but Manhattan.

Traffic during rush hour in Times Square.

Traffic during rush hour in Times Square.

Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg
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Manhattan's abundance of electric-car chargers is a boon for the burgeoning number of Tesla drivers in New York's wealthiest borough. But for the vast majority of ride-share drivers who live elsewhere in the Big Apple, that network is largely out of reach.

This EV-charging divide poses a challenge for ride-hailing leaders Uber and Lyft, which need more drivers behind the wheels of electric vehicles to meet their lofty emissions-reduction goals.