Uber Green comes to the U.S.

Uber Green comes to the

Curated via Twitter from Mashable’s twitter account….

Uber, of course, doesn’t own the cars its drivers use, so the ride-hailing company’s first action is working to expand the number of hybrid and all-electric vehicles you can request with a new ride mode called Uber Green in 15 cities in the U. S. and Canada.

From its first-ever Climate Assessment and Performance report, based on trips in the U. S. and Canada from 2017 through 2019, Uber rides with a plug-in electric vehicle are pretty rare.

Tuesday’s first report found that Uber’s carbon intensity is 41 percent higher than the average-occupancy vehicle ride in the U. S. (In the U. S. there’s an average 1. 67 people in a car. ) So there’s work to be done.

To get drivers to use electric vehicles, which are generally more expensive than gas-powered vehicles and require charging at public stations or home outlets instead of gas fill-ups, Uber pledged $800 million in resources.

Green trips also earn riders more points — three times the points for every dollar compared to only two times for an UberX trip — on Uber Rewards, the company’s loyalty program.

The new mode gives drivers in both hybrid or all-electric vehicles 50 cents more for driving that vehicle during every Green trip, and for those all-electric drivers in a Tesla, BMW i3, or Chevy Bolt, an additional $1 per trip.

But the joke that every Uber ride is a Toyota Prius holds up: The report found drivers use a hybrid, like the Prius, 5. 5 times more while logged onto Uber than the average U. S. car owner.

By 2030, the company wants 100 percent of trips in the U. S. , Canada, and Europe on electric vehicles or other zero-emission modes like e-scooters, or public transit through the app.

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