Uber pledges all vehicles to be electric by 2040

Uber has pledged that every vehicle on its platform will be electric by 2040 – and by 2030 in the UK, US, Canada and Europe.

The ride-hailing app said it would spend $800bn helping drivers switch to battery-powered vehicles.

Uber has millions of drivers worldwide and operates in 19 cities and regions across the UK including London, Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow and Leeds.

It has previously committed that all its cars in London would be electric by 2025.

Chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi said: “Uber is committing to become a full zero-emission platform by 2040.

“We’re also setting an earlier goal to have 100% of rides take place in electric vehicles in US, Canadian and European cities by 2030.”

He said coronavirus lockdowns had offered “a glimpse of what life could be like with less traffic and cleaner air” but added that carbon emissions would soon return to “normal”.

“Instead of going back to business as usual, Uber is taking this moment as an opportunity to reduce our environmental impact,” he added.

Uber’s investment in the project includes discounts for drivers on cars sold by partner firms such as General Motors, Renault and Nissan, as well as for vehicle charging.

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In the UK it has formed a tie-up with BP Chargemaster to make it “easier and more affordable” for drivers to charge its electric vehicles in London.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps welcomed the announcement saying it would benefit Uber driver and users and “also improve the quality of air we breathe”.

The government is planning to phase out new petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles by 2035.

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