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
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.