Uber is steering towards a greener future...with the expansion of Uber Green trips across North America.
The ride-hailing company recently announced it was expanding its electric vehicle and hybrid ride option to over 1,400 cities in the U.S. and Canada.
Riders in cities such as New York City, Washington D.C., Austin, Houston, Miami, and Winnipeg can now opt for the lower-emission "green trip" option
In September last year, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi pledged that:
One - Every vehicle on its platform will be electric by 2040,
and two - the company would contribute $800 million through 2025 to help drivers switch to battery-powered vehicles.
"This 2025 commitment is part of our longer-term strategy to go 100% electric in all major cities in the U.S., Canada, and Europe by 2030, and 100% electric in all cities around the world by 2040."
The company said drivers will receive an extra $0.50 directly from a $1 rider surcharge for every Uber Green trip completed.
Uber also said drivers can now rent a zero-emission vehicle through rental car service provider Avis.
The company’s plan to reduce emissions follows years of criticism by environmental groups and city officials over the pollution and congestion caused by some of its existing fleet.