Uber CEO Says They Plan on Phasing Out ICE Cars by 2030
Hoping to encourage more drivers to make the transition from internal combustion engine (ICE) to electric vehicles (EV), Uber plans on requiring all vehicles under its platform to be an EV by 2030.
In an interview with CBS News, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says the ride-sharing service plans on transitioning fully to EVs in eight years in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Uber already allows passengers to use its Comfort Electric option to ride specifically in an EV in 25 cities and states in North America.
If a driver who uses a gasoline-powered vehicle wants to use it under the Uber platform, they will be ineligible.
According to Uber, the company hopes to do its part to cut its carbon footprint by making the switch to EVs.
The company also rewards its EV drivers by paying them an extra dollar for every trip, as well as giving discounts at charging stations. Also, if a driver can’t afford to purchase an EV, Uber has forged a partnership with Hertz by allowing drivers to rent a Tesla weekly or monthly.
Uber plans on doubling the amount of active EVs in its fleet to 50,000 by 2023.