Uber to Go Fully Electric by 2030 Amid Study Showing Ridehailing Contributes 69% More Pollution than Driving with Own Car


A world-famous American technology company that mostly focuses on transportation and courier services, Uber, commits to going fully electric by 2030 in its United States, United Kingdom, and Canada markets to dramatically reduce its fair share of carbon emissions on combustion engine cars. Uber aims to go emission-free come 2040.

American ride-hailing app and transportation technology company, Uber, is pledging to help the planet and its environment heal from excessive carbon emissions brought by vehicles and other industries that pollute the air. Uber is boldly making a move to ask and require its ride-hailing partners to transition into electric vehicles after recent studies.

CNN reports that Uber shared its findings and studies that mainly focus on its ride-hailing services to contribute 41 percent more than the average-occupancy vehicle. The transportation company takes into account that its rides take in more mileage than private cars.

Ride-hailing vehicles produce more emissions because drivers come from various places before picking-up their passengers. Only a few instances do ride-hailing cars are in the right place and time to pick-up its passengers to reduce carbon waste.

Companies such as Uber are less climate-efficient than regular private cars because of their taxi-like nature that urges drivers to go around and wait for a booking in the application.

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Ride-Hailing applications and companies’ initial goal is to promote carpooling and reduce the volume of the growing number of vehicles that are found on the streets and highways. Uber and other companies’ efforts have significantly reduced the volume of cars in the city.

However, upon achieving its goal of reducing volume, ride-hailing apps faired poorly in carbon emissions that are now considered a massive contributor to pollution.

The California Air Resources Board’s report discovered that ride-hailing companies only keep their passengers for 61 percent of the vehicle’s entire travel time. The 39 percent left are cars going around, waiting for a booking, and heading towards a location to pick-up a customer.

Another report from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS USA) shows how much ride-hailing applications contribute to the world’s pollution compared to their competition. Carpool vehicles produce a massive 69 percent more emissions compared to a private car.

According to findings, a known fact in the United States puts vehicles to contribute the most to pollution and emissions.

Uber recognizes the growing threat of climate change to the planet and future generations. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi stated that everyone needs to act against this threat to avert and change the impending doom that will befall the future. Khosrowshahi adds that businesses are also responsible for working against climate change and recognizes that transitioning to electric will be hard.

Currently, Uber’s statistics put only 0.15 percent of vehicles in the company’s electric line-up. The rest are hybrids and internal combustion engines, which are the culprit for high-emission rates.

Uber’s announcement came after its rival, Lyft, announcing the same commitment to being fully electric by 2030.

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