Uber Green $1 charge for EV or Hybrid Ride
Adding scooters, transit to app direction options
Ride-hailing company Uber has just announced a new green initiative to help pair drivers, customers, and cleaner air. They’re expanding Uber Green EV travel, committing $800 million to put hundreds of thousands of drivers into electric vehicles, and investing in alternatives to private cars.
The ride-hailing company noted that carbon emissions fell 17 percent during April lockdowns, leading to cleaner air and joined by the return of wildlife. But as emissions return to previous levels, Uber says that it wants to help reduce its environmental impact, calling that the company’s “responsibility as the largest mobility platform in the world.” Uber says it is committing to be zero-emissions by 2040 with 100 percent of rides in the US, Canada and Europe be handled by EVs by 2030.
Uber Green is launching in 15 US and Canadian cities beginning yesterday. For a $1 surcharge, it will let riders request an EV or hybrid vehicle as their pickup, the company saying that those trips produce up to 44 percent fewer carbon emissions than a gas-only car.
Half of the surcharge will go to the driver, and BEV drivers will get an additional $1/trip for every Uber Green trip they complete. Uber says that they’re working with GM in the US and Canada (Renault-Nissan in Europe) to extend favourable offers on EV purchase to drivers and in some markets will expand rental access to BEV models.
They’ve also paired with charging networks globally to provide discounted EV charging to drivers. Uber will be integrating Lime e-bikes and scooters into the app for last-mile and short trip use and has already done so in 55 cities. While Uber Pool has been paused because of the coronavirus, when it comes back there will be more nonstop shared rides offered. Uber also said it would add more cities to its Journey Planning feature that pairs mass transit options with Uber rides to help reduce congestion.