Uber and bp partner to expand EV charging in Houston - Smart Energy Decisions

GHG Emissions  -  February 4, 2021

Uber and bp partner to expand EV charging in Houston

The City of Houston, Texas, announced on Feb. 1 that bp and Uber will work together to deploy bp’s rapid EV charging hubs in the city to help Uber drivers make the transition to EVs. The initiative will create a convenient and equitable network of charging available to the public.

This collaboration supports Houston’s emission reduction goals set out in its climate action plan and is part of bp’s global effort to help cities decarbonize. Vehicle electrification is a key strategy for Houston to lead a global transition to clean energy and make significant improvements to community health.

“Collaboration is essential to meeting Houston’s climate goals,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a statement. “Transitioning to EVs is one of the fastest steps we can take to improve air quality and community health in Houston. Rideshare—with its high popularity and diverse customer base—is a perfect place to start. I’m thrilled to see Uber and bp join forces to add to Houston’s goal of increasing the affordability and accessibility of EVs in our community.”

The city has also formed EVolve Houston, a coalition of sustainability-minded civic, business and academic leaders who seek to accelerate clean transportation through electrification, and has established a goal of 30% EV adoption by 2030. By collaborating with government, academic, private industry and community leaders, EVolve Houston’s goal is to improve regional air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Greater Houston area.

“This initiative is a testament to the city's leadership and the momentum EVs are gaining in the Energy Capital,” Chris George, executive director of EVolve Houston, said in the same statement. “It will take collaborations like these to continue improving air quality, exceeding emissions reduction targets and working towards Houston’s 30 by 30 EV goal. EVolve Houston is rooted on the premise of partnership and we look forward to helping more organizations see the value of investing and electrifying in Houston.”

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