Uber’s CEO says drivers in the US, Canada and Europe who don’t switch to electric cars by 2030 won’t be able to sign up with the ride-sharing giant.
The CEO of ridesharing giant Uber has announced that the company will ban petrol and diesel cars from its service in North America and Europe by 2030 – 10 years before it introduces an electric-only policy in Australia.
At a performance on CBS NewsUber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said drivers in North America and Europe would not be allowed on its platform if they did not have an electric car by the end of the decade.
“We have a goal to be fully electric in the US, Canada and Europe (by 2030),” Khosrowshahi said.
“Will a driver driving a gas (petrol) vehicle be allowed on your platform?” asked CBS journalist Ben Tracy.
“No, when we do our job we will be purely electric,” Mr Khosrowshahi replied.
Earlier this year, Uber launched Comfort Electric in California, allowing customers to book and drive exclusively electric cars — separate from its existing Uber Green service, which includes hybrid vehicles.
Last week, the ridesharing giant announced it would expand its Comfort Electric service to an additional 24 U.S. cities, plus Vancouver, Canada.
Both Uber Green and Comfort Electric are not available in Australia.
In June 2022, Uber halved the service fees of 2,500 Australian drivers using an electric car from 25 percent to 12.5 percent.
The ridesharing company ran a 12-month Australian trail starting in June 2021 that resulted in more than 378,000 electric car rides being completed.
At the end of the trial, Uber claimed four times as many drivers were using electric cars compared to 12 months earlier.
At the time, Uber didn’t disclose the average age of its cars or the percentage of its fleet that uses conventional hybrid, plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or all-electric powertrains.
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