Uber, the largest mobility platform in the world, has committed to being a fully electric, zero-emission platform by 2030 in the US, Canada and Europe and 2040 globally, with 100 percent of rides taking place in zero-emission vehicles, on public transit, or with micromobility (such as e-scooters and bikes).
Sally Fouts, Amazon’s Global Leader of The Climate Pledge, sat down with Thibaud Simphal, Uber’s new Global Head of Sustainability, to learn about the company’s aggressive climate goals, plans for helping drivers make the switch to electric vehicles, expansion of micromobility, and his advice for other transportation and mobility companies interested in prioritizing climate solutions.
Sally Fouts: You’re already transitioning thousands of drivers to electric vehicles (EVs) through your Green Future program. Tell us about that.
Thibaud Simphal: Helping drivers transition equitably to EVs is a big part of building the future of sustainable mobility. Research shows that when rideshare drivers switch to EVs, they can deliver three to four times the emissions savings compared to the average car owner.
Our Green Future program provides access to resources valued at $800 million to help hundreds of thousands of drivers transition to battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2025. These resources include new earnings opportunities for drivers with greener and electric vehicles, such as Uber Green (a low-emission ride option) and incentives to encourage them to go fully electric-such as negotiated discounts and savings on EVs and EV charging.
For example, we’ve teamed up with Hertz to make up to 50,000 fully electric Tesla rentals available to drivers in the US by 2023, and partnered with Wallbox and Greenlots (soon to become Shell Recharge Solutions) to offer drivers using Uber in the San Francisco Bay Area and Vancouver, British Columbia, access to affordable home charging solutions.