Uber plans to go green
09 September 2020
So, by 2025, 50% of kilometres driven on the platform across seven European capitals (Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Lisbon, London, Madrid and Paris) will be in electric vehicles (EVs). By the end of 2021, riders will be able to select a zero-emission vehicle in cities representing 80% of Uber’s European business. Then, by 2030, the platform wants 100% of rides to take place in EVs in US, Canadian, and European cities. Afterwards, Uber plans to become a fully zero-emission platform by 2040. This means rides taking place in emission-free vehicles, on public transport or with micro-mobility. Uber has said that it will take four key-actions to achieve its targets. First, it plans to expand its app’s green option, to make it easier for customers to travel in hybrids or EVs. Secondly, the company is committing $800 million (€680 million) in resources to help drivers transition to EVs by 2025. Thirdly, Uber will invest in its multimodal network to promote sustainable alternatives to personal cars. Lastly, it pledges to be transparent and accountable to the public during its electric transformation. T&E campaign Environmental campaign group T&E took the opportunity to claim a victory after they carried out an 11-month campaign, alongside seven NGO partners, which urged the platform to ditch its older vehicles in favour of EVs. The environmental group calculated that approximately 500,000 tonnes of CO2 will be saved in Europe. This is equivalent to taking some 275,000 privately-owned cars off the road.
It’s our responsibility as the world’s leading mobility platform to more aggressively tackle climate change. That’s why @Uber is committing to move 100% of rides to EVs in US, Canadian, and EU cities by 2030, and to become a fully zero-emission platform by 2040 (1/6)″” dara khosrowshahi (@dkhos) September 8, 2020
′People across Europe are sick of pollution and congestion,’ said William Todts, executive director of T&E. ′Shared electric mobility is key to solving these problems. And the right place to start is with high-mileage drivers who’ll benefit first from cheaper-to-run, clean electric vehicles.’ Relationship with Renault To achieve its electric dreams, Uber has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Renault and Nissan. Partner drivers of the mobility app will be provided with affordable EVs in European markets, such as the UK, France, the Netherlands and Portugal. Featured models will include the Renault ZOE and Nissan Leaf, as well as upcoming EVs from both companies. A UK pilot between Nissan and Uber will be extended to France by the end of 2020. The mobility company is committing to phase out diesel-powered cars in France in 2024, as well as making half its fleet electric within five years. There is also the potential to introduce the program to the Netherlands, Portugal, and other markets later on. Joint marketing and education plans will be launched to promote EV offers and benefits to partner drivers, including the offer of test drives. ′This MoU with Uber is an acknowledgement of our ability to conquest new markets and to support professionals in their energy transition,’ said Gilles Normand, SVP of electric vehicles and mobility services at Renault. ′Today, we capitalise on our competitive advantage: an attractive EV offer that contributes to large scale electric mobility roll-out. We have worked closely with local authorities over the past years to propose solutions to the growing challenges facing cities: transportation, decarbonisation and air quality. With the signature of this MoU we aim to join our forces to accelerate the movement,’ he added.
VictoryâœŒï¸ The world’s largest mobility platform @Uber will electrify its rides in 7 European capitals by 2025 – will aim for 100%.The pledge is a direct result of the #TrueCostOfUber campaign, which urged Uber to ditch polluting cars.#ElectrifyUberhttps://t.co/lAbJtBCxbu pic.twitter.com/HByu3nyTq1 ″” Transport & Environment (@transenv) September 9, 2020