Since 2009, Uber has been connecting drivers and riders through its ride-hailing app. More recently, the company expanded its services into food delivery. Now, it’s just launched a new project that will contribute to its goal of becoming a zero-emission mobility platform by 2040. So, exactly what is Uber Green?
Customers in select U.S. and Canadian cities are able to take advantage of a new option on the Uber app. For a minimal fee of $1, Uber Green will connect them with ahybrid or fully electric vehicle.
How do I use Uber Green?
The process for requesting an Uber Green ride is simple for those already familiar with using the app. Once you’ve entered your destination and confirmed that the address and the pickup location are correct, scroll down. Select “Uber Green” at the bottom of your screen, then tap “Confirm Uber Green.”
Just like other Uber options, you’ll be matched with a driver. You’ll be able to see their picture and track their arrival on the map. Uber recommends cross-referencing the vehicle details before you enter the car.
The driver already has your destination and directions for the quickest way to get there. However, you’re always welcome to request a specific route. Once you’ve arrived, you can safely exit the vehicle because your payment method on file will be automatically charged. Remember to always rate your driver.
What are the incentives of using Uber Green?
This new initiative aims to motivate Uber drivers to invest in an electric vehicle. The $1 trip fee required to use Uber Green gets split between the driver’s income and the company’s Green Future program. It aims to establish an $800 million fund to aid its drivers in buying an EV, since Uber plans to have a fully electric fleet by 2030.
According to Medium, riders are motivated to use this carbon-neutral option as they receive two times the rewards points. This greener mode of transportation allows ride-hailing customers to feel better about reducing their environmental footprint.
Uber Green is integrated with the Uber Pass membership service so that members can access the standard 10% off this ride option, as reported by TechCrunch. Uber also has a partnership with EVgo so its drivers have access to charging discounts at over 800 locations.
Where can I use Uber Green?
Uber Green is available in over 1,400 cities across North America. This includes New York City, Austin, Miami, and Washington D.C., as per Yahoo. The company plans to be fully electric in all major cities around the world by 2040. Uber Green is currently available in Rome, Mumbai, Buenos Aires, and Brisbane.
Users should expect the Uber Green service to be limited to the hours of 6 am to 9 pm for now. Availability will expand from downtown areas, outward.
Uber is building a partnership with Avis, in which drivers can rent EVs in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, San Francisco drivers can benefit from Ample’s battery swapping technology.