To reach zero-emission goal, Uber urges drivers to purchase EVs

(EurActiv, 5 Dec 2022) Global ride-hailing giant Uber has set a target of 100% zero-emission vehicles by 2030 in Europe and by 2040 in all markets – an ambition that requires their self-employed drivers to ditch their petrol and diesel cars for cleaner technologies.

But while some have embraced the shift, other drivers are more reluctant to go electric, citing significantly higher upfront vehicle costs and fears over the lack of charging infrastructure, as well as longer charging times compared to refuelling.

“There’s definitely some hesitance. I think that’s very natural with a new technology,” Chris Hook, Uber’s global sustainability chief, told EURACTIV.

“Generally speaking, once someone has tried an EV, the reaction is very positive…  Often, people’s fear or hesitancy, it doesn’t really materialise once they get a chance to actually try the vehicle out.”

Currently just under one in ten of Uber’s European fleet is zero-emission, giving the company seven years to drastically refigure their fleet composition.

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