Uber offers “green” option, will switch over to electric cars
The Uber ride hailing service is to switch over to exclusive use of electric cars within 10 years in cities in the United States, Canada and Europe. The transition is to be complete throughout the company by 2040.
Uber has already launched its Uber Green programme in 15 U.S. and Canadian cities – by the end of the year, it will be extended to 65 cities world-wide. The cost of the transition programme, to be carried out through 2025, is pegged at $800 million.
The programme will offer discounts to drivers wishing to acquire electric cars and chargers. Customers will be invited to request a “green” fare – and a ride in an electric or hybrid car will cost an extra $0.50 to $1.50.
BP, the British oil major, had already announced plans to boost its presence in the market for chargers for electric cars, together with partners including Uber, China’s multi-modal transportation platform DiDi and even Jaguar Racing.
By the end of the decade, BP intends to expand its network of charging points to 70,000 from the current level of 7,500. Its planned expansion is to focus on Britain and Germany.
BP has already created a joint venture with DiDi to set up infrastructure in China for electric cars. DiDi already boasts about 550 million customers and a fleet of 600,000 vehicles.