Uber reported that the plan to transition all its cars to electric vehicles would be complete by 2030 in Canada, the US, and Europe and finalize with the rest of the world by the end of the next decade. Nevertheless, the firm will not directly trade with its drivers for the ICE cars but decided to add a dollar to every driver who switches completely to an electric vehicle.
Uber decided to implement this strategy in 15 cities in the US and Canada in a Uber Green plan. The plan details that drivers who use electric vehicles’ hybrids will receive an additional 50 cents for every pickup they make. This move implies that Uber customers will spend more than the average prices for their trips. Uber promised to use its $800 million to ensure that all its drivers in the fifteen cities switch to battery-electric vehicles in the next five years.
Uber’s new development comes amid the directive that companies begin using electric vehicles in US cities. This move also comes at the time when the public mode of transport is the new model that will help realize the environmental goal of zero-emissions. Research reveals that more personal means of transport increase air pollution.
The biggest hurdle in the Uber drivers’ transition to Evs is that most of them use their vehicles to make trips. Uber’s focus is to collaborate with automakers, EV charging companies, and car-hire operators to ensure that they achieve zero-emissions before the end of the next two decades.
Some of the stakeholders in the transportation industry that the firm will be working with include General Motors and Renault-Nissan in Europe, the US, and Canada. Uber hopes that the governments can support Evs’ transition by introducing incentives and subsidies like no VAT on these cars, discounted prices, and free registration of the new electric vehicles.
Norway has demonstrated the possibility of achieving a 100 percent transition to electric vehicles by advocating for the rule that a third of the new cars must be Evs and erect a taxi charging system, facilitating the quick transition to net-zero carbon emissions by its fleet operators. Other countries have started scrapping out the ICE cars by legally stipulating laws that announce the grace period for their operation, after which they will get evicted from the roads.
To conclude, if companies like Uber and Lyft pull this move of transitioning to electric vehicles by 2030 as they have said, then they will create competition in which their rivals will also opt for this transition. In the end, the world will realize the achievement of net-zero emission of greenhouse gases from the transport industry.