Uber to electrify half its rides in Europe

Uber will provide at least half of its rides in emissions-free vehicles across seven European capitals by 2025 and aim for being fully emissions free the company has announced. The world’s largest mobility platform pledged to clean up its act in Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Lisbon, London, Madrid and Paris in response to the #TrueCostOfUber campaign, which urged it to ditch dirty vehicles and replace them with electric cars.

In November, a broad coalition of green NGOs in the US, Germany, France, the UK, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and Belgium launched the #TrueCostOfUber campaign asking Uber to get become cleaner and electrify its fleet. The coalition includes the Sierra Club, Nabu, Respire, Bond Beter Leefmilieu, Les Chercheurs d’Air, SumOfUs, Ecodes, Zero and Transport & Environment.

The announcement comes as Uber explores a partnership with Renault and Nissan, signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the aim of electrifying its European operations.

The companies will now explore a partnership to provide partner drivers on the Uber App with affordable electric vehicles in European markets, notably in the UK, France, the Netherlands and Portugal. It follows a successful pilot between Nissan and Uber in the UK.

As part of the alliance, partner drivers on the Uber App will be able to access Renault and Nissan electric vehicles: Renault ZOE and Nissan LEAF and future new EVs from both companies.

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