Uber Pledges to Transition its Fleet to Electric Cars by 2030
Uber Technologies Inc, a company that offers vehicles for hire and delivery services in various countries around the world,has pledged that all rides will take place in electric vehicles by 2030 in the US, Canada, and Europe, and by 2040 for the rest of the world.
In a report issued on Tuesday 08, september the company said that the trips taken in the electric cars will be more costly so as to to pay the drivers and cushion them against the effects of the transition.
Uber also launched “Uber Green” surcharge in 15 cities in the US and Canada. Where riders pay more to specifically request a hybrid or electric vehicle. The trips in hybrid or electric vehicles are slightly more expensive for Uber customers, which Uber sees as a necessary cost to help speed the transition.
Uber will also spend $800 million of its own money to help “hundreds of thousands of drivers in the US, Canada, and Europe transition to electric vehicles by 2025.”
The change to electric cars will not be easy for uber as the drivers are independent contractors and own their cars.As a result uber is set to partner with companies all over the globe, automakers and even governments to aid in the transition by offering benefits to the drivers.
The transition to electric cars is so as to reduce the pollution caused by cars hence control climate change.
The uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a letter,”. While we’re not the first to set ambitious goals in transitioning to electric vehicles however, we intend to be the first to make it happen”