Commercial, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions - January 15, 2021
Uber announces new initiatives to increase clean mobility
Uber announced on Jan. 12 that it is expanding on four key initiatives announced in September 2020 in order to more aggressively tackle climate change.
“It’s our responsibility as the largest mobility platform in the world to reduce emissions and help drive a green recovery in our cities,” the company said in a statement. “We’re excited to kick off 2021 with more actions to increase clean mobility options for riders, drivers and cities.”
Expanding Uber Green: Uber is expanding its EV and hybrid ride option to more than 1,400 new North American cities and towns. Riders can now choose a greener ride. Drivers also receive an extra $0.50 directly from a $1 rider surcharge for every Uber Green trip completed, with the other half going to support EV adoption. The company is also looking to integrate Uber Green into its membership service, Uber Pass, so that members will receive 10% off Green trips just as they would with a standard ride.
Helping Drivers Transition to EVs: Uber is also making key updates to its partnerships with vehicle manufacturers, charging network providers, and EV rental and fleet companies to help drivers access more savings and make an equitable transition to electric vehicles. This includes Avis EV rentals, ample modular battery swapping for EVs, and expanded EV charging discounts with EVgo.
Investing in Multimodal Network: Uber is continuing to expand its offerings of sustainable alternatives to the personal car. This will help cities avoid a return to traffic gridlock and pollution once people feel safe to move again. Plans include making Journey Planning and Uber and Transit options available in more cities.
New Partnerships: Uber has joined with Tesla and 26 other companies in launching the Zero Emissions Transportation Association, a new organization advocating for national policies that will enable 100% EV sales by 2030. It also joined the Climate Pledge, a commitment co-founded by Amazon and Global Optimism to take urgent action to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early, which aligns with Uber’s work to have 100% of rides taking place in zero-emission vehicles, on public transit, or with micromobility by 2040.