Uber is pushing to meet its zero-emissions goal by 2040, which it announced three years ago.
According to Jennifer Vescio, Uber's chief business development officer, the company is relying on its partners, such as policymakers and car manufacturers, to adopt electric-vehicle technology quickly to achieve its target. She stated that Uber could meet its 2040 zero-emissions goal, but only with the help of these partners.
Uber plans to replicate its Dubai commitment of achieving 25% of kilometres driven to be electric by 2030 in Africa in the future and has already started its EV commitment first in Kenya with its eBikes.
According to the 2022 AutoTrader Mid-Year Industry Report, none of the over one billion trips recorded by Uber in Africa was via an electric vehicle. However, Uber Green, a low-emission ride option that connects riders with hybrid and electric vehicles, has already been rolled out in certain parts of the US, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.
Frans Hiemstra, GM for Uber in the Middle East and Africa region, stated that Uber is working to draw attention to the importance of developing a clear policy framework to prepare Africa for the electrification of transport.
He added that private companies and governments can influence affordability by providing the right incentives and encouraging OEMs to offer more affordable vehicle components.
Despite the demand for electric vehicles in South Africa, the high prices and range anxiety due to a lack of charging infrastructure are the biggest obstacles to increased adoption.
This article has been updated to include information that Uber has started its EV commitment in Kenya with its eBikes.