Uber gives drivers eight years to change from petrol to electric cars with fee penalty 


Uber’s big move to ELIMINATE petrol cars from its fleet in Australia as the country moves towards net zero emissions by 2050

  • Uber drivers who go electric will get a 50 per cent discount on their service fees 
  • The $26million move is part of Uber’s drive to get rid of petrol cars altogether
  •  Only 1 per cent of Uber drivers use electric vehicles because of their high cost
  •  Uber General Manager Dom Taylor says Australia is lagging in EV adoption

Uber will halve fees for drivers with electric vehicles as it sets a deadline of eliminating petrol cars from its fleet.

Drivers who use electric cars could get a $3,500 per year discount on Uber service fees, which will cost the company $26million. 

However, Uber’s offer only applies to the first 2,500 existing or new electric vehicle drivers who sign up and will expire in mid 2025.  

Uber rides General Manager Dom Taylor has announced the rideshare platform will halve fees for drivers with electric vehicles, which will cost the company $26million

Uber rides General Manager Dom Taylor has announced the rideshare platform will halve fees for drivers with electric vehicles, which will cost the company $26million

Australian and New Zealand Uber rides General Manager Dom Taylor told Ben Fordham on 2GB the initiative is part of an ambitious plan to get rid of petrol cars altogether with a deadline fast looming after which it wouldn’t accept new ones into the fleet.

‘Uber’s made a commitment that by 2040 all cars on the road are going to be electric,’ Mr Taylor said.

‘That means by 2030 we have to stop onboarding petrol cars.’ 

Despite only one per cent of Uber drivers using electric vehicles the company intends to rid petrol cars entirely from its fleet by 2040 and by 2030 won't allow any new ones to sign up

Despite only one per cent of Uber drivers using electric vehicles the company intends to rid petrol cars entirely from its fleet by 2040 and by 2030 won’t allow any new ones to sign up

Mr Taylor admitted this was an ambitious goal with only one per cent of Uber drivers using electric vehicles, the main obstacle to switching over being their cost.

Interviewer Ben Fordham noted that of the 31 models of electric vehicles on sale in Australia the majority are priced over $60,000.

Mr Taylor said Australia was ‘coming from behind the pack’ when it came to adopting electric vehicles and called for more public and private investment. 

‘We need the public and private sector to come together in a coalition and help drive a signal to the global market that Australia is real when it comes to electric vehicles,’ Mr Taylor said.

‘The most important thing is we aren’t waiting.’  

The shortage of electric vehicle charging stations, especially in lower income areas, has prompted to Uber to call for both the private and public sector to help drive transition

The shortage of electric vehicle charging stations, especially in lower income areas, has prompted to Uber to call for both the private and public sector to help drive transition

NSW Energy Minister Matt Kean welcomed Uber’s move and said the private and public sector needed to act together to get Australia down to net zero emissions by 2050.

‘A key part of this is ensuring that we accelerate the use of more sustainable transport options,’ he said.

‘It’s great to see big businesses like Uber invest heavily in the industry and this initiative will help to incentivise the uptake of electric vehicles with rideshare drivers in a cost-effective way.

‘Together with support from private companies, (that) will lay the foundation for an EV revolution across the state.’

NSW Energy Minister Matt Kean has welcomed the move by Uber to turn its fleet electric and says that private and public sector partnership will drive an 'EV revolution'

NSW Energy Minister Matt Kean has welcomed the move by Uber to turn its fleet electric and says that private and public sector partnership will drive an ‘EV revolution’

The scarcity of electric vehicle charging stations is also an issue in driving wider adoption.

Mr Taylor noted charge stations were concentrated in higher income areas reflecting the relative cost of the vehicles.

He said public and private investment was needed to put more stations in lower income areas where people might not necessarily have off street parking to install their own.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese made an election campaign promise to build a $500million national electric vehicle charging network.

He promised that charge stations will be located every 150km on major roads.

‘Imagine a future where you don’t have to worry about petrol bills. We can get there, but we need government to build the foundation for it,’ Mr Albanese said.  

Source

Related posts