Uber Canada and FLO join forces to accelerate EV adoption
Uber Canada celebrated its 10th anniversary in Canada this month, marking the milestone by sharing key statistics and outlining its vision for the next decade. As the world’s largest mobility platform—with over 500 million trips taken and 5.5 billion kilometres driven in Canada alone—the company has made reducing its carbon footprint a major focus for the years ahead. Globally, Uber has committed to operating a zero-emission platform by 2040, and in Canadian cities with supportive policies, by 2030.
As a part of its ongoing sustainability work, Uber Canada announced it’s teaming up with FLO, a leading North American electric vehicle charging network operator, to help increase EV adoption in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.
Both Uber and FLO users will benefit from the new partnership. FLO members in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver will receive a 50 per cent discount, up to $10, on their first trip with Uber Green and a sign-up incentive of $300 or more for those who wish to become drivers on the Uber platform.
The partnership will also help drivers on the Uber platform transition to electric vehicles, as they can now claim $100 discounts on purchases of FLO HomeTM residential chargers.
“FLO’s collaboration with a major ridesharing platform like Uber Canada is significant, as it brings together two major players in the mobility sector in Canada,” said Chris Thorson, FLO’s VP and Chief Marketing Officer. He added that this will “encourage drivers to switch from gas vehicles to electric ones, and reduce transportation’s carbon footprint in Canada’s biggest hubs.”
“Aligned with Canada’s goal to ban the sale of carbon-emitting light vehicles as soon as 2035, Uber Canada continues to make progress on our commitment to become a fully electric, zero-emission platform across the country,” says Laura Miller, Head of Policy and Communications at Uber Canada. “This is why we are proud to work with FLO to bring more EV drivers on the Uber platform, support existing drivers in making the transition to EVs, and offer their members more ways to ride green.”
Uber Green is the world’s most widely available ridesharing option for no- or low-emission rides. It connects riders with hybrid and fully electric vehicles. Sixteen cities in Canada have Uber Green; Montreal and Vancouver are the cities with the most electric vehicles on the platform.
This latest collaboration follows Uber’s recently announced partnership with Plug’n Drive, which offers drivers the opportunity to learn about the total cost of owning an EV and the benefits of making the switch from gas to electric. Last fall, Uber Canada also announced Uber+Transit as a pilot in the Greater Toronto Area. By looking at transit schedules and UberX availability, Uber suggests a combined route that’s both convenient and affordable.
Read more about Uber’s partnership with FLO here.