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Ride-hailing giant Uber announced that every vehicle on its global platform will be electric by 2040 and promised “incentives” to encourage drivers to switch to battery-powered vehicles, including discounts for vehicles bought or leased from partner automakers.

In addition to the vehicle discounts, Uber promised an $800 million contribution that would include discounts for charging and a fare surcharge for electric and hybrid vehicles, the cost of which would be partially offset by an additional small fee charged to customers who request a “green trip,” Reuters reported.

The “Uber Green” surcharge has started in 15 cities in the US and Canada.

For a dollar extra, riders can specifically request a hybrid or electric vehicle. Drivers who use hybrid or electric vehicles to pick up passengers will get an extra 50 cents per ride, while drivers using specifically battery-electric vehicles get another dollar on top of that — for a total of $1.50 extra per ride, The Verge wrote.

The company aims to have 100% zero-emission vehicles on its rides platform in the United States, Canada, and Europe by 2030, taking advantage of the regulatory support and advanced infrastructure in those regions, and by 2040 for the rest of the world.

Uber says it will collaborate with automakers, car rental operators, electric vehicle charging companies, and others, in its massive efforts to achieve the ambitious goal of a “fully zero-emissions platform by 2040.”


Uber promises 100% electric vehicles by 2040, commits $800 million to help drivers switch

Uber pledges to shift to ‘100 percent’ electric vehicles by 2030

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