EVs are picking up the pace and it’s no surprise anymore. You have electric buses and electric cars being used for transportation by various companies such as Uber. More recently 14 new markets across the US and Canada get Comfort Electric up and running.
Bring the total number to 40 in North America, Uber has now made it possible for almost all states to book an environment-friendly ride. Be it Tesla Model S, Ford Mustang, Mach-E, Porsche Taycan, or Audi e-Tron, these and a few more eligible luxury EVs will now be used by Uber to drive around people.
The move comes on the back of Uber’s goal to become a zero-emissions mobility platform in the US, Canada, and Europe by 2030. It also has a similar global target set for the year 2040.
Uber has partnered up with Hertz to make Tesla cars available to their drivers in as many as 30 US and Canadian cities. This move has helped almost 50,000 Teslas get rented which has completed a total of 24 million electric trips. Uber and Hertz have also partnered in Europe which will see the former get 25,000 Teslas and Polestars by 2025.
Over users have the option to choose Uber Green facility where rides take place in a hybrid vehicle or less fancy EV models. Comfort Electric on the other hand was released in May 2022 in Los Angeles. 14 new markets across the US and Canada get Comfort Electric and these include Toronto, Tampa Bay and Montreal from Canada.
In the US the additions have been made to Detroit, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Nashville, New Orleans, Orlando, Palm Springs, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City.
For now, all that can be said about Comfort Electric is that its price will sit between that of Uber Comfort and Uber Black according to sources. If you use the electric rides between April 11 and 30 then you can get 25% off on two Electric Comfort rides by using the code GOELECTRIC.
In just the past 1 year Uber has at least quadrupled the number of EV drivers on its platform as no less than 38,000 people drive EVs for Uber in the US, Canada, and Europe indicated by the findings in Q3 of 2022.
While Uber’s goal of going 100% emission-free still has a long way to go, it faces serious challenges like its drivers being contractors rather than employees who would need to get their EVs to support the cause. Even after a tax rebate of 7,500 dollars on EVs, the luxury models remain very pricey.
However, Uber has on their part invested 800 million dollars here and there to help their drivers make the switch by 2025, and this includes providing drivers 1 dollar for every EV trip completed up to 4,000 dollars.
They have also teamed up with Truecar which will see drivers get perks up to 2,000 dollars. In certain markets, drivers also get the option to rent or lease an EV at discounted rates. Lastly, Uber has made EV drivers eligible for discounts of 100 dollars each on a wall box charger and installation.