Uber to Exclusively Offer Electric Vehicles by 2030

Ride- platform Uber set a major goal of only offering electric vehicles in its fleet by 2030. This means drivers without electric cars will not be allowed to use the platform.

The deadline is a few years away but Uber is already finding ways to make it easier for its users to request a ride in an electric vehicle with its Comfort Electric service, which differentiates itself from the existing Uber Green service by only hosting fully electric vehicles on the ride-sharing app. The Comfort Electric option is still a bit pricier than a standard Uber, but Uber says the prices will drop once more EV drivers start using the app.

Mass transit is definitely more sustainable than cars, but ride-sharing platforms like Uber reduce the individual need and dependency on car ownership. 

Uber currently has approximately 25,000 EVs in its network, but it plans to double its EV presence to 50,000 vehicles by next year. According to the company, “EV drivers active on the Uber platform have avoided using over 5.7 million gallons of gasoline” in 2022 alone.

To reach its goal of becoming a zero-emissions platform in the U.S. and Canada by 2030, Uber committed $800 million to help drivers transition to fully electric vehicles by 2025. 

By starting now with EV Adoption, Uber is trying to reduce its carbon fibre footprint. It's already started giving drivers a dollar for every EV trip they take and even help cover some of the charging costs. 

Uber has also partnered with Hertz to let drivers rent Tesla EVs on a weekly or monthly basis. In 2021, Hertz placed an order for 100,000 Tesla electric vehicles and it announced that up to 50,000 of those EVs would be available for Uber drivers to rent.



Author: Sylvia Jacobs

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