Uber has announced several initiatives aiming to cut emissions and improve the environmental footprint of the mobility company. The company’s new goals include becoming a fully zero-emission platform by 2040, having 100% of rides take place in electric vehicles EVs in US, Canadian, and European cities by 2030, and reaching net-zero emissions from corporate operations by 2030.
In an announcement presenting the new commitments, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi wrote:
“The world is at a critical juncture, and we all have a role to play. Uber is aiming high. We’ll seek to build the most efficient, decarbonized, and multimodal platform in the world for on-demand mobility. While we’re not the first to set ambitious goals in transitioning to EVs, we intend to be the first to make it happen. Competing on sustainability is a win for the world, and today we challenge other mobility platforms to transparency, accountability, and more action.”
The company announced 4 key initial actions it will take to reach its decarbonisation goals:
- Expanding Uber Green to make it easier for riders to choose to travel in hybrids or EVs.
- Committing $800 million in resources to help hundreds of thousands of drivers transition to EVs by 2025.
- Investing in the company’s multimodal network to promote sustainable alternatives to personal cars.
- Being transparent and accountable to the public along the way.
As part of the company’s initiatives, Uber announced that it is partnering with major automotive OEMs, including GM in North America, and Renault-Nissan in Europe, to extend attractive offers on electric vehicles to drivers.
Sigal Cordeiro, GM Executive Director of Sales and Marketing for Global Innovation, said:
“Improving access to EVs for on-demand service providers can help reduce overall tailpipe emissions in cities across the country and help accelerate widespread EV adoption. Our collaboration with Uber will facilitate drivers’ switch to an EV, empowering these drivers, their passengers and communities to experience electric vehicles and contribute to cleaner air in our cities.”
Additionally, Uber has arranged for discounted EV charging around the world in locations where drivers most need it with energy companies including BP, EVgo, Enel X, Izivia by EDF, and Power Dot.
Richard Bartlett, EVP, Future Mobility and Solutions, BP, said:
“We are pleased to be working with Uber to enable their partner-drivers to start the transition to a fully electric ride. Ride hailing is a growing phenomenon in our cities and we look forward to expanding our collaboration in other locations across Europe and the globe. With bp’s ambition to be a net zero company by 2050 or sooner and to help the world get to net zero, we want to play our part in electrifying fleets and helping cities deliver on their own low carbon commitments.”