Uber revealed intentions of turning their vehicles into electric ones. On Tuesday, the ride-sharing company announced of setting goals to achieve zero emissions among its fleet. Uber said that it could even make it happen in major cities by 2030.
Uber Going Green
In a press release, Uber stated that it aims to convert 100 percent of its rides into “zero-emission vehicles, on public transit, or with micromobility.” The company also intends to go full-pledged electric vehicles (EV) in cities in the US, Canada, and Europe. It also set 2030 as its target year.
To hit this goal, Uber also launched a program called “Uber Green.” The effort began in several American and Canadian cities. With “Uber Green,” app users can opt for a hybrid or electric ride. But they have to pay a dollar extra for this. In return, customers would do the environment a favor, as Uber said such trips net 44 percent less carbon than a traditional car.
Pay More for Greener Options
In addition, EV or hybrid drivers also get an extra 50 cents. Meanwhile, if drivers use a zero-emission vehicle, they take an additional $1.50 for every trip.
The San Francisco-based company will shell out $800 million. Uber will dedicate the fund to assist hundreds of thousands of drivers in transitioning to using battery EVs by 2025.
Making Green Happen?
“The world is at a critical juncture, and we all have a role to play. Uber is aiming high,” Uber’s press release reads, written by its chief exec Darah Khosrowshahi.
To get there, we’re launching Uber Green in more than 15 US & Canadian cities today. For just $1 extra, riders can now tap a button to request a ride in an EV or hybrid vehicle. By the end of the year, Uber Green will be available in more than 65 cities globally. (2/6) pic.twitter.com/Owdk17vCLT
— dara khosrowshahi (@dkhos) September 8, 2020
“We” seek to build the most efficient, decarbonized, and multimodal platform in the world for on-demand mobility,” Khosrowsashi added.
While Uber admitted that it is not the pioneer in this goal of going EV, the company intends to “be the first to make it happen.”
Moreover, Uber also wants to apply its sustainability efforts among its corporate operations. It also aims to do such by 2030.