Uber Canada and Greenlots launch pilot project to drive EV adoption in Vancouver

The goal of the project is to increase EV adoption in the city, and use the pilot’s learnings to increase EV adoption in other cities where Uber operates in North America.

Uber and EV charging solutions company Greenlots are partnering on an electric vehicle (EV) charging pilot project in Vancouver.

The pair plan to install three new fast-charging stations in locations with high rideshare utilization in the city. This is Uber’s first partnership in North America designed to increase EV charger access exclusively for drivers and delivery people on Uber in public areas.

The goal of the project is to increase EV adoption in the city, and use the pilot’s learnings to increase EV adoption in other cities where Uber operates in North America.

Why here? British Columbia’s Zero-Emission Vehicles Act (ZEV Act) along with programs like the City of Vancouver’s Climate Emergency Action Plan have created a framework that has encouraged a shift to electric in the region.

Vancouver currently has the highest percentage of low-emission vehicles on Uber across all Canadian markets, but access to public charging options remains a key barrier in the city.

The new charging locations will be in downtown Vancouver, Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby, and the final station to be confirmed. All three stations will open in January 2022 and will offer discounted charging rates to make public charging more affordable than charging at home.

This isn’t the first green initiative from the ride-hailing giant. Earlier this year, Uber rolled out Uber Green, Uber’s low-emissions ride option, to 16 cities across Canada. Drivers using an EV receive an incentive of $1 incremental in earnings for every trip made on the platform.

“We know the impact that the Uber platform can have on lowering emissions, influencing EV adoption and expanding the EV charging infrastructure — and the time to act is now,” said Matthew Price, Uber’s general manager for Canada. “This pilot project is an important milestone in Uber’s transition to a zero-emissions platform, and we are honoured to contribute to progress in Vancouver with Greenlots as our partner.”

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