Uber announced on Tuesday (8) its plan to zero carbon emissions during trips made by its partners around the world. The company defined the goal of making 100% of electric car races by 2040. The plan must be completed earlier in the United States, Canada and Europe, where the company plans to dispense with fossil fuel by 2030.
To stimulate the transition between drivers, the company will pay a higher price for those who transport passengers with electric cars. Called Uber Green, the additional amount has already started to be paid in about 15 cities in the US and Canada, and is expected to reach 65 cities in several countries by December. The benefit will be offered through an extra fee charged to users.
Passengers will be able to choose to pay an additional $ 1 to ensure they will make the journey in an electric or hybrid car. The platform hopes to encourage users by offering triple points in the Uber Rewards loyalty program – instead of double as with conventional travel. Drivers, in turn, will earn $ 0.50 more if they have hybrid vehicles and $ 1.50 if they have electric vehicles.
“We believe that we can achieve this 2030 target in any major city where we can work with local stakeholders to implement policies that ensure a fair transition to electric vehicles for drivers,” said Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. “In addition to our platform goals, we are also committed to zero emissions from our corporate operations by 2030”.
In its statement, Uber indicated that by 2025 it will invest $ 800 million to help drivers in the U.S., Canada and Europe to migrate to electric cars. The company also announced that it will work with automakers such as General Motors, in the USA and Canada, and Renault-Nissan, in the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands and Portugal, in addition to car rental companies and vehicle charging station companies for facilitate change between your partners.
Uber trips generate more pollution
The decision to adopt electric cars on its travels is announced months after a survey indicates that travel on services like Uber generates more pollution than other means of transport. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), travel on these platforms generates, on average, 69% more harmful gases than buses and bicycles, for example.
The problem involves the so-called deadheading, a term given to the periods when the driver is waiting for a passenger. The survey also indicated that, instead of replacing private cars, services like Uber are driving people to stop walking, cycling or using public transport.