Uber’s greener rides to track CO2 savings


Uber, the American ride-hailing company, announced that customers will soon be able to track emissions avoided when choosing greener rides and have the option of shared rides in more cities to further reduce CO2 emissions.

The company said customers will be able to track the amount of CO2 avoided via its Uber Green service using low- or zero-emission vehicles and its Comfort Electric service that uses electric vehicles (EVs).

Uber has previously promised that all the cars used for customer rides will be fully electric by 2040 and says it now has 60,000 EVs active on its platform.

The company said it was building 'Smart Charging' features for EV drivers that "will use machine learning to recommend when and where drivers should charge, so they can maximize their earnings."

Uber said it will grow its 'eco-friendly routes' that use mapping algorithms to boost fuel efficiency around the globe this year without causing any increase in trip times or fares.

Those algorithms launched in North America last year "factor in things like elevation and the amount of stopping & starting at red lights – all factors that dictate how much fuel a vehicle consumes."

Uber said it plans to achieve emission-free on all Uber Eats deliveries globally by 2040, and "end all unnecessary plastic waste" on the service by 2030.

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