The company aims to reach 100 percent EVs in North America and Europe by 2030.
Uber is going green: The ride-share firm this week revealed plans to become a zero-emission platform by 2040, with a goal of 100 percent electric vehicles in North America and Europe by 2030.
“In fact, we believe we can achieve this 2030 goal in any major city where we can work with local stakeholders to implement policies that ensure a fair transition to EVs for drivers,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi wrote in a blog announcement.
Despite a brief respite from carbon emissions during COVID-19 lockdown, the global climate crisis continues. Khosrowshahi wants to be part of the solution, not the problem. “Instead of going back to business as usual, Uber is taking this moment as an opportunity to reduce our environmental impact,” the CEO said. “It’s our responsibility as the largest mobility platform in the world to more aggressively tackle the challenge of climate change.”
The company’s “holistic” approach to reducing emissions focuses on four key actions, including expanding Uber Green to more than 15 US and Canadian cities, where riders can spend $1 extra to request an electric or hybrid vehicle. By the end of this year, Uber Green will be available in more than 65 cities globally.
But not everyone can afford to trade in their gas guzzling car for an eco-friendly option. Which is why Uber has earmarked $800 million to help hundreds of thousands of drivers in the US, Canada, and Europe transition to battery EVs by 2025. There’s even an added incentive: North American battery EV drivers will earn an extra $1.50 for every Uber Green trip they complete.
“As experts remind us, affordable access to green vehicles and charging equipment is paramount to lowering emissions,” according to Uber. “That’s why we’re teaming up with vehicle manufacturers, charging network providers, and EV rental and fleet companies to provide millions of dollars in EV savings to drivers around the world.”
Further actions include investing in a multimodal network—offering bikes and scooters where possible, expanding non-stop shared rides, partnering with public transit agencies for combined Uber/bus/subway/train journeys—and producing Uber’s first Climate Assessment and Performance Report.
“In addition to our platform goals, we’re also committed to reaching net-zero emissions from our corporate operations by 2030,” Khosrowshahi said. “All told, hitting these goals would put us a decade ahead of Paris Climate Agreement targets.”
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