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Uber has a plan to pay the drivers for using Electric Vehicles. The company launched a pilot program on Tuesday in eight North American cities such as Austin, Los Angeles, Montreal, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle. It will be connected its drivers to national and local EV organizations.
Uber Technologies Inc. is a peer-to-peer ridesharing, taxi cab, food delivery, and transportation network company headquartered in San Francisco, California, with operations in 633 cities worldwide.
The program is called EV Champions; it will include some new features in the app for Uber drivers.
For instance, a new feature in the driver app will help combat range anxiety, which can often discourage drivers from going electric for fear that they might run out of fuel on an unexpectedly long trip.
Uber usually alerts drivers before they accept any longer, 45-minute rides. But now, for EV drivers, they’ll be informed if a ride is expected to be longer than 30 minutes.
The announcement has been made on Tuesday in Portland, Oregon, during the EV Roadmap conference.
“We see the writing on the wall,” said Adam Gromis, Uber’s head of sustainability. He said that as cities move toward sustainable transportation, companies such as Uber need to boost their environmental friendliness. “Unless we can be delivering a more efficient form of mobility, we won’t be providing a good solution that cities need. That’s why we’ve gone into bikes. That’s why we’re working with transit. That’s why we’re focused on electrification.”
According to mashable.com [Charging networks like EVgo already encourage ride-share and delivery drivers to opt for an electric vehicle while on the job, such as through a leasing program from General Motors’ Maven App. Maven VP Julia Steyn posted Tuesday about how the gig economy and EVs work together. “EV shared miles are the best miles,” she wrote].
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