Uber wants its business to be more sustainable and plans a large investment with the goal of reaching zero emissions.
In Europe, people are tired of pollution and congestion in cities and see shared electric mobility as a solution to solve these problems. Uber is aware of this, as explained by its CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, in a meeting held with various media, including AUTO BILD. The company knows that it has an important role in the fight against climate change: it will make an investment of 800 million dollars to be emission neutral.
The aforementioned budget will be destined to help the drivers that the platform has in Europe, United States and Canada: The objective is to give them a hand to face the costs of changing their vehicle for an electric car. And it is that Uber has proposed to be a neutral company and has already drawn up the necessary roadmap to fulfill its mission:
2025: 50% of the kilometers traveled in Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Lisbon, London, Madrid and Paris will be on zero-emission models.
2040: 100% of the trips will be made in zero-emission vehicles, public transport and micromobility.
Focusing on Europe and the electrification of its platform, Uber will continue to expand Uber Green. With this initiative, the user can order a low emission car in exchange for a small surcharge: it is currently a service that is available in 37 cities and the challenge is to reach 60 cities by the end of 2021. Or what is the same: travel without emissions in the cities that represent 80% of the company activity.
The Uber deals
To do this, Uber has signed a series of agreements to make the transition to zero-emission vehicles easier and more affordable for drivers:
Renault and Nissan: The agreement with both brands will ensure that drivers have access to affordable electric models in the UK and Europe: France, the Netherlands and Portugal.
Power Dot: it will provide access to four recharging centers for drivers in the Paris metropolitan area and in Portugal and a 20% discount.
BP: An agreement has been signed in the United Kingdom to create new recharging centers in London. In addition, Uber Pro drivers will get up to a 50% discount on their monthly subscription to BP’s Polar Plus, thus unlocking discounts on BP’s Chargemaster Polar network with more than 7,000 charging points.
EDF: It will help to provide a new fast charging infrastructure on the great routes of France and will grant discounts for the installation of domestic chargers.
This article was published in Autobild by Elena Sanz Bartolomé.