Uber to provide cash incentives to some drivers who switch to EVs
On Tuesday, ride-hailing giant Uber announced the launch of a new pilot program, under which the company will provide cash incentives to some drivers who switch to electric or hybrid vehicles.
The year-long pilot program announced by Uber underscores a part of a comprehensive effort by the company to encourage drivers to use cleaner, electric or hybrid cars, in place of petrol- or diesel-powered vehicles which cause pollution.
The pilot program has been launched by Uber in eight cities in North America, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, Montreal, Sacramento, Seattle, and San Diego. The cash incentives which Uber will offer to drivers switching to electric vehicles (EVs) will be different for different cities.
Since Uber’s new pilot program will give some drivers the opportunity to make an extra dollar per trip if they use electric or hybrid vehicles, the ride-hailing service is hopeful of achieving a target of at least 5 million EV trips over the next one-year period.
In coincidence with the launch of the new pilot program, Uber is also enhancing its app with the addition of special features for drivers who use EVs. Uber is also teaming up with nonprofits and UC-Davis researchers to find new ways in which EV adoption can be encouraged by the company and local governments.
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