Uber will provide 50% of its rides in emissions-free vehicles across seven European capitals by 2025 and will aim for 100%, it announced today after an 11-month campaign by Transport & Environment and seven NGO partners. 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.
Replacing a traditional ride-hailing car with an electric vehicle would deliver three times the environmental benefits and emission reductions, according to a new study. The finding comes as a new cost analysis by T&E shows that e-vehicles are cheaper to run for Uber drivers in many European cities, and Uber in Portugal says it will only take on new drivers if they have an EV.
This paper shows that electrifying ride hailing services’ will not only lead to substantial CO2 savings, but also means better economics for drivers across most vehicle segments in the five EU cities analysed.
Electric cars are becoming an attractive business proposition for high-mileage vehicle operators like Uber in key EU capitals such as Paris, Berlin, Madrid and Lisbon, a new study by research and campaign group Transport & Environment (T&E) revealed today.
Das von der deutschen Bundesregierung angekündigte Hilfspaket wird dazu beitragen, dem schlimmsten wirtschaftlichen Schock seit Jahrzehnten entgegenzuwirken, indem es die Wirtschaft transformiert, um sie grüner und stärker zu machen, erklärte der Umweltdachverband Transport & Environment (T&E).
This op-ed was first published in English by EurActiv, in Spanish by El Pais, in Portugese by Publico , in German by Der Spiegel and in French by Le Soir and La Tribune.As authorities across Europe are preparing for a stepwise lift of the lockdown imposed in response to the pandemic, they’re facing a make-or-break moment for urban mobility. The decisions taken in the coming weeks will define how healthy, resilient and liveable our cities will be in the future. Without decisive action, the recent drop in air pollution would sadly remain a breeze of clean air, soon replaced by a rapid return of toxic fumes as already observed in China, with people switching to private cars and avoiding public transport. This risk is particularly worrying given the growing evidence indicating that air pollution probably makes us more vulnerable to the effects of the coronavirus.
Ride-hailing services like Uber are increasing car travel, climate emissions and traffic congestion, according to a new US study. Ride-hailing trips now result in an estimated 69% more climate pollution, on average, than the trips they displace, it finds. The data was published just weeks ahead of the first round of the Paris mayoral election, in which three candidates supported the #TrueCostOfUber campaign to cut the air pollution of services like Uber and to electrify their fleets.
First London - now Uber is coming under focus by officials in Paris. The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, and two of her opponents for re-election next week - David Belliard (Green) and Danielle Simonnet (Left) - are supporting the #TrueCostOfUber campaign to reduce the impact of private hire vehicles (PHVs) like Uber on air pollution and require them to go zero emissions. This campaign is led by clean air group Respire, European NGO federation Transport & Environment and citizens platform Sum of Us. A petition has already collected more than 22,000 signatures in support of the campaign.
Après Londres, Uber est également au centre des débats à Paris. Les candidats à la Mairie de Paris, Anne Hidalgo, David Belliard et Danielle Simonnet ont annoncé leur soutien à la campagne #TrueCostOfUber menée par Respire, Transport & Environment  et Sum of Us pour réduire l’impact des VTC comme Uber sur la pollution de l’air. Une pétition qui a déjà recueilli plus de 22 000 signatures est liée à cette campagne.
Awareness of the pollution caused by Uber and taxi services is growing, according to an opinion survey commissioned by T&E. The survey shows that citizens in the cities where Uber operates most have the greatest awareness of the environmental impact of ride-hailing and taxi services. T&E says this strengthens the case for making the licensing of Uber and similar services being made conditional on vehicles being electric.