Uber has said it is committing to becoming a fully zero-emission platform by 2040, with 100% of rides taking place in electric vehicles (EV) in Europe, US and Canada by 2030.
They also believe they can achieve such results in “any major city” where they work with local stakeholders to implement policies that ensure a fair transition to EVs for drivers.
The firm says they are putting into action four key elements to reach such goals, including expanding ‘Uber Green’ to make it easier for riders to choose to travel in hybrids or EVs.
It also says they will commit $800million in resources to help drivers with the transition, invest in their multimodal network to promote sustainable alternatives to private cars, and being “transparent and accountable“ to the public.
Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber, said: “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.
”This is a start, and we expect to be judged against our actions. The ultimate success of our business will rest on our ability to transition our platform to clean energy in partnership with drivers, industry innovators, and Governments.”
Uber has said that they believe urgent and robust collaboration between industry and government stakeholders is needed, and points to the work they say they have undertaken in London, as they push for a 2025 target for an all-electric fleet.
The firm said that in 2019, London drivers completed more than one million journeys in electric vehicles.
William Todts, Executive Director for Transport and Environment, said: "People across Europe are sick of pollution and congestion. Shared electric mobility is key to solving these problems. And the right place to start is with high-mileage drivers who’ll benefit first from cheaper-to-run, clean electric vehicles.“
In the UK, the ride-sharing firm has signed a deal with BP to give drivers access to charging hubs in London. Uber pro drivers will be discounted through monthly memberships to BP’s Chargemaster Polar network consisting of more than 7,000 charging points.