Uber is targeting 50% of journeys in emission-free vehicles by 2025, he announced today. Respond to an 11 month old #TrueCostOfUber campaign by campaign group Transport & Environment and seven NGO partners, Uber has committed to offering 50% of electric vehicle journeys in Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Lisbon, London, Madrid and Paris, and aiming for 100% by 2030.
NGOs, including Sierra Club, Nabu, Respire, Bond Beter Leefmilieu, Les Chercheurs d’Air, SumOfUs, Ecodes and Zero, claim that Uber’s commitment to electric vehicles in Europe “will save around 500,000 tonnes carbon dioxide emissions that destroy the climate. This is equivalent to removing the CO2 emissions of 275,000 private cars from the roads ”.
“People across Europe are fed up with pollution and traffic jams. Shared electric mobility is essential to solve these problems. And the right place to start is with high mileage drivers who will benefit first from clean and cheaper electric vehicles, ”said William Todts, executive director of European NGO Transport & Environment.
Uber also pledged to go 100% electric within five years “to have the economic and regulatory conditions necessary to make driving fully electric cars as profitable as cars with dirty combustion engines.”
Uber said it would take “four key actions”
Expand Uber Green to make it easier for bikers to choose to travel by hybrid or EV.
Launched in 15 US and Canadian cities, it gives users the option of paying an additional $ 1 to request (and get) a ride in an electric or hybrid vehicle. Uber says that by the end of the year, Uber Green will be available in more than 65 cities around the world. Those using Uber Green will receive 3x Uber Rewards points for each trip taken, compared to 2x points for a typical UberX trip.
Commit $ 800 million in resources to help hundreds of thousands of drivers make the switch to electric vehicles by 2025.
The resources mentioned here come in different forms. First, in the United States and Canada, drivers who drive hybrid and electric vehicles will receive an additional $ 0.50 directly from the driver on each Uber Green trip taken and those who use a zero-emission vehicle (a battery-powered EV ) will receive an additional $ 1.00 for each trip they make within the United States and Canada. This means that battery-powered EV drivers will receive both incentives – a total of an additional $ 1.50 – for each Uber Green trip they take.
Uber says it is also “teaming up with vehicle manufacturers, charging network providers, and electric vehicle rental and fleet companies to deliver millions of dollars in electric vehicle savings to drivers around the world.” . This means “working with the major electric car manufacturers to bring attractive offers on electric vehicles to drivers: GM in the United States and Canada, and Renault-Nissan in European cities in the United Kingdom, France, -Bas and Portugal ”.
Uber says it has worked with government stakeholders. In 2019, its London drivers made more than a million trips in electric vehicles. He published a White Paper “which presents a roadmap for establishing partnerships with public and private leaders in major EU cities to achieve 100% fully electric mobility on demand”. It can be downloaded from this link Work together
Invest in its multimodal network to promote sustainable alternatives to the personal car.
The multimodal network aims to “offer sustainable alternatives to the personal car” and includes integration with Lime offer bikes and scooters in the app where possible; expand shared trips where Uber Pool is available; have transit partnerships with route planning available in 40 cities by the end of 2020, allowing riders to “choose their destination and see pricing options, real-time schedules and walking routes to and from public transport stations ”. In 10 cities, there is an integrated ticket office allowing people to buy and use transit tickets directly in the Uber app.
Be transparent and responsible
The company released its first Sustainability report “Detailing the climate impacts of passenger travel on the Uber application”.
Transport & Environment claims that in Europe, electric cars emit, on average, almost three times less carbon emissions gasoline or diesel equivalent cars and as electricity production becomes cleaner through renewable energy, this means that electric cars will become cleaner.
This move makes sense for Uber drivers, because although electric cars are expensive to buy, they are cheaper to drive, so Uber drivers see the benefit as they drive on average four to five times more than motorists. private.
Transport accounts for over a quarter (27%) of Europe’s total greenhouse gas emissions, with cars in the EU27 45% of all carbon emissions from transport.
The campaign group says to meet the EU’s legally binding goal of net zero emissions by 2050, the EU bloc will need at least 40% of new emissions-free cars by 2030 and will have to sell the last combustion engine. car by 2035 at the latest.