Uber, bp declared a new global mobility partnership that would see the two businesses collaborate to assist Uber meet its goal of becoming a zero-emission transportation platform in the US, Canada, and Europe by 2030 and globally by 2040.
The companies will use their global footprints to help drivers switch to EVs by giving them access to safe and convenient charging, including at extremely fast speeds.
This agreement, which is thought to be an industry first between a ride-hailing platform and an integrated energy company, will help drivers make this transition.
Uber wants all platform rides to be in electric, micromobility, or public transportation by 2040; It wants to be a net zero firm by 2050 or earlier and to assist the global transition to net zero.
Uber and bp will initially focus on collaborating in a number of key markets including Europe, the US and UK to support Uber’s 2030 targets, with other countries including Australia and New Zealand to follow. Regional teams from the two companies will now work together to offer drivers on Uber’s platform bespoke access to bp pulse’s high speed charging network, including special offers.
Richard Bartlett, CEO, bp pulse said: “Drivers on Uber’s platform need great value access to the fast, reliable charging infrastructure we’re building as they make the switch to electric. We’re investing billions of dollars worldwide in high-speed EV charging, digital products and services, and large scale bp pulse Gigahubs™ that will help commercial customers eliminate tailpipe emissions.
Uber and bp pulse started their strategic relationship back in 2021 when bp opened its first rapid commercial charging hub on Park Lane in London. Uber was bp’s first ride-hailing platform partner customer to get access to the new hub which provides charge points to drivers on the Uber platform. London is Uber’s leading market for electrification, with over 15% of miles driven with Uber in London all electric. Drivers on Uber’s platform in Europe are switching to EVs five times faster than the general population, and the company aims for a 100% EV fleet in London by the end of 2025.
Christopher Hook, Uber’s Global Head of Sustainability said: “We want Uber to be the cleanest platform on Earth because it’s the right thing for consumers, our cities and our business. Getting to 100% electric is not something Uber can do alone. It is a team sport, and it will take partnerships like this to reach zero tailpipe emissions, especially as we know availability of easy to access, affordable charging infrastructure is one of the biggest challenges for drivers.“