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Recently, Uber has announced that it will add 1,000 new electric vehicles to its fleet in India. Lithium Urban Technologies which is an electric vehicle fleet operator, in major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru is offered a partnership to launch electric cars. These latest vehicles, all sedans will be available for hire through Uber's Premier and Rental Services on the Uber App. However, it is still not announced whether the user can consciously opt for electric vehicles while booking.
Uber's partnership with Lithium Urban Technologies is the fourth such agreement followed by companies like Mahindra, Yulu, and Sun Mobility. The company is planning to scale up the number of electric vehicles from 100 to 2,000 in the next 12 months. Lithium Urban founded 5 years ago claims that it runs more than one thousand electric sedans, SUVs, hatchbacks, and buses across 10 cities in India on the back of its own infrastructure of over 500 fast and slow chargers, and charging hubs. A sedan with a fast charger takes only 90 minutes to charge. On the other hand, a slow charger takes around 8 to 9 hours.
The company also plans to reach the target of zero-emission in the US, Canada, and Europe by 2030 and is committed to making all its rides 100 percent emission-free by 2040. Uber has also started incentivizing its driver-partners in fully-electric cars in the US and Canada with an additional $1 (roughly Rs. 74) per ride and the customers can add an extra 50 cents to it while booking a “green trip”.
Uber is likely to invest $800 million (roughly Rs. 5,893 crores) to motivate its driver-partners to shift to electric vehicles. Uber's rival in the US, Lyft has also made a similar commitment to go 100 percent emission-free by 2030.