Uber has announced plans to upgrade its entire fleet to electric vehicles in the U.S., Canada and Europe by 2030. The ride-hailing giant is also committed to becoming a zero-emission platform by 2040.
Uber is launching Uber Green in more than 15 cities across the U.S. and Canada to do this. For an extra fee, passengers can choose to fly on EVs or hybrid vehicles. Uber states that journeys in EV cars result in up to 44 per cent less greenhouse emissions. The company plans to expand Uber Green to more than 65 cities worldwide.
As part of Uber ‘s drive-in effort, Uber is investing more than $800 million in resources to help them switch to EVs by 2025. Drivers with hybrid and electric cars get an additional $0.50 from passengers on a Uber Green outing, and drivers with EV batteries get an extra $1, for a total of $1.50.
Uber is teaming up with leading electric car manufacturers such such as General Motors in the US and Canada, and Renault-Nissan in the UK, France , Netherlands, and Portugal. The company will also work with Avis car rental company to help drivers in the US secure a zero-emission vehicle.
In addition , the organisation aims to extend the bike-rental program Lime incorporation, extend shared rides where safe, and move towards creating transit collaborations with a total of 40 cities by the end of the year.
In addition to the announcement, Uber has released its first Climate Assessment and Efficiency Survey. The report analyses data from nearly 4 billion rides in the United States and Canada between 2017 and 2019. The company found that half a million metric tonnes of CO2 emissions had been avoided and that 56 million gallons of petrol had been used by drivers.