Uber electric cars can now be used in 25 cities
Electrification continues at Uber. Recently, the company has extended its service Comfort Electric across the United States by offering it in 24 cities. Customers in these cities can thus request to use the company’s electric vehicles, including models Tesla Model 3, Polestar 2or Ford Mustang Mach-E.
Uber launched the Comfort Electric service in several cities last May. This offer is part of the service Uber Comfort which allows users to request more legroom and other options. This is a different service from Uber Green. The latter uses both electric and hybrid vehicles while Comfort Electric is limited to electric cars.
Besides these 24 cities, the service is also now available in Vancouver, British Columbia. This Canadian city has the highest rate of green vehicle sales in North America.
The partnership with Hertz
According to Uber, it is its partnership with the company Hertz who “helped pave the way for Comfort Electric’s expansion with more than 25,000 drivers having rented a Tesla”.
Last year, Hertz announced that it would order 100,000 Teslas. Later, the company said it would make 50,000 of these cars available to Uber rideshare car drivers in the United States alone.
A milestone for Uber
Thus, the Comfort Electric service is now available in the following cities: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore-Maryland, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Connecticut, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New Jersey, NYC Suburbs, Philadelphia, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St Louis, Vancouver in Canada, and Washington DC.
Uber’s goal is to become a zero-carbon platform in the United States and Canada by 2030. The company has pledged to pay around 800 million euros to support the transition of drivers to fully electric vehicles by 2025.
The expansion of the Comfort Electric service is just one step in the electrification of Uber. Much remains to be done for the company. Let’s wait to see if it can achieve its ecological objectives, but also the objectives of certain States concerning the transition to all-electric vehicles. For example, there is California requiring companies offering on-demand transportation services to use only electric cars by 2030.