Uber has pledged to make its fleet of cars carbon neutral, however concedes this process will likely take two decades.
A spokesperson for Uber told CarAdvice the company is “committing to become a fully zero-emission platform by 2040, with 100 per cent of rides taking place in zero-emission vehicles, on public transit, or with micro-mobility”.
“This is a global commitment and includes Australia,” the spokesperson added.
The Silicon Valley-based company has since committed US$800 million (approximately AU$1.1 billion) towards resources that will help drivers transition to electric vehicles, and this campaign is now backed by two of the world’s largest automotive conglomerates.
The Renault-Nissan alliance is offering Leaf and Zoe electric vehicles to Uber drivers in Europe at a discounted price, while General Motors will offer financial incentives on the Chevrolet Bolt in the USA and Canada.
When asked if Uber was similarly working with any manufacturers to increase electric vehicle take-up within Australia, the spokesperson told CarAdvice that no comparable programs were currently offered.
"Uber wants to work in partnership with industry and government in Australia so electric vehicles can become an affordable and economic choice for their Aussie driver-partners in the future," the spokesperson said.
"The future of transport is undeniably electric. However, the Australian EV market is still relatively small with EV sales accounting for only 0.6 per cent of cars sold in 2019."
"That is why we are working with industry and governments on strategies to address some of the barriers to EV scalability and increase uptake.”
In June, 2020 Uber competitor Lyft vowed to go all-electric by no later than 2030.