Uber pledges to go all-electric by 2030, and zero-emissions by 2040

Everyone's favorite (or not so favorite) ride-hailing app commits to an all-electric fleet by 2030, with other markets following behind in 2040

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Earlier this week, Uber announced that 100% of the vehicles in 'their' fleet would be all-electric by 2030, in the US, Canda, and Europe, with the rest of the world following up by 2040. But rather than paying for the transition to EVs themselves, Uber will instead charge drivers a penalty for using gas/diesel-powered vehicles.

Effective immediately, Uber will be launching its "Uber Green" surcharge in 15 cities across the US and Canada, with riders having the option to pay a dollar extra to get a hybrid/EV ride. With drivers getting a bonus of as much as $1.50 per ride if they opt to use a "clean-energy vehicle."

But while a promise of "Zero Emissions" by 2040 sounds like a wonderful marketing slogan, Uber can't exactly guarantee that this will be the case. As essentially a "super-startup' the ride-hailing app isn't showing much intent to tackle the problem themselves, preferring instead to lay off the cost onto consumers and cash-strapped drivers.

And despite their 'incentive program' I find it hard to believe that all 5 million of Uber's drivers will switch to Hybrid/EV-powered vehicles unless otherwise mandated.

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Comments (19)

  • Zero emission if you don't include the massive environmental damage that occurs in the production of big heavy batteries and ignore that they somehow need to be disposed of after. and you need electricity from somewhere, which could be clean energy, but of course that is region specific.

      16 days ago
    • Thank you, Simon Lindbo! This is exactly what I'm talking about and posted several comments about it. One thing you didn't mention and I would like to add is the use of cyanide to extract gold. Everyone knows cyanide, that nice friendly...

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        16 days ago
  • so they're going to come out as an employer? Not just a facilitating service?

      16 days ago
  • Boycott Uber

      16 days ago
    • Maybe going too far. After all drivers who are trying to make living and paid for their cars will suffer first.

        16 days ago
    • They could always drive gas powered cars like a good citizen

        16 days ago
  • Hardly any sort of great achievement since most governments around the world are pledging this by those dates anyway.

    That’s like saying the sky is blue! No shit Sherlock!

      16 days ago
  • Isn't that a way to reduce the price Uber pay their drivers?

    So at the end they will get less money and people will boycott it, so even less money for them. I'm not sure there is any smart move here when you play with the people who generate money for you. Unless Uber has some other sources of income.

      16 days ago
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