Uber commits to going fully-electric by 2040 or sooner

Yolanda Curtis
September 28, 2020

Responding to an 11-month #TrueCostOfUber campaign by campaign group Transport & Environment and seven NGO partners, Uber pledged to offer 50 per cent of rides in electric vehicles in Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Lisbon, London, Madrid and Paris, and aiming for 100 per cent by 2030.

Currently, riders in 15 USA and Canadian cities have the option to request an electric or hybrid vehicle for an extra $1.

Gilles Normand, SVP for electric vehicles and mobility services at Groupe Renault said: 'This MoU with Uber is an acknowledgement of our ability to conquest new markets and to support professionals in their energy transition.

Green trips also earn riders more points - three times the points for every dollar compared to only two times for an UberX trip - on Uber Rewards, the company's loyalty program.

It remains unclear how many people will pay more to be eco-friendly, but Uber Green is set to expand to more than 65 cities globally by the end of the year.

As of today (8), partners with electric vehicles from both countries receive an additional United States $ 1 per trip and an additional USA $ 0.50 if users opt for the modality in large cities. Drivers operating a zero-emission vehicle such as a battery EV will receive the same incentive plus an additional $1.00 extra for each trip.

The partnership will see Renault and Nissan offer Zoe and Leaf EVs to Uber drivers, as well as future electric vehicles. Uber is committing to become a fully zero-emission platform by 2040, with 100% of rides taking place in zero-emission vehicles, on public transit, or with micromobility. In essence, the company wants all Uber travel in Canada to be electrified by 2030, and by 2040, its operations will be emissions-free worldwide.

Being transparent and accountable to the public - The firm is releasing a Climate Assessment and Performance Report to measure and report on emissions from customers' real-world use of its products. The company believes the shift to zero emissions will be enormous and that more good will come from incentivizing drivers rather than punishing them. Tuesday's first report found that Uber's carbon intensity is 41 percent higher than the average-occupancy vehicle ride in the U.S.

Once it's safe, Uber anticipates bringing back Uber Pool, its carpool option; these types of rides were immediately shut down with the pandemic.

Maria Tsavachidis, CEO of EIT Urban Mobility, said: "Technologies and solutions for clean, connected and shared mobility already exist but we need to integrate them, and accelerate implementation and scaling".

Earlier this year, Nissan confirmed that it would supply 2000 Leafs to Uber drivers in London in order to help the mobility service achieve its goal of operating a fully electric fleet in the city by 2025.

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