Uber Plans Towards Sustainable Mobility With Ubergreen In South Africa

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The transport sector in South Africa, accounts for 13% of CO₂ emissions in the country making it the second largest emitter of CO₂ in the country.

Uber has therefore partnered with BMW and Nissan to bring consumers UberGreen, as a step towards finding ways to reduce carbon emissions from transport.

Consumers UberGreen according to all parties involved is a 100% electric ride, helping to reduce CO₂ emissions in Johannesburg, South Africa.

According to Uber, UberGreen is a pilot project taking place between 9 May and 3 June 2016 in Johannesburg.

During the pilot, riders will be able to request a BMW i3 or Nissan LEAF electric vehicle, operated by Uber driver-partners in Johannesburg at uberX prices, helping provide a more sustainable trip at an affordable price. Woolworths WRewards members will be thrilled to know that they will among the first to have access to these vehicles for a limited period before the pilot officially opens to public.

“Woolworths is pleased to partner with Uber South Africa on the launch of UberGREEN. The fact that Uber is offering riders the opportunity to choose a carbon emission-free method of transport is in line with the principles of Woolworths’ Good Business Journey, so the collaboration was a natural fit,” Hannah Ross, Head of Customer Relationship Management at Woolworths said.

“In a world where mobility adds to the carbon emission problem, we at Uber are eager to provide alternate options. Uber is passionate about making rides better and more sustainable and this partnership is a step towards making changes for the good of our environment,” Alon Lits General Manager, Uber Sub-Saharan Africa said.

The Department of Transport projects that energy demand for transportation will grow by 2.5% per year between 1999 and 2020. This has placed a great challenge to the transport industry to drastically reduce emissions.

Tim Abbott, Managing Director, BMW Group South Africa commented: “In order for the momentum of electric mobility to increase partnerships like the one with Uber are essential to expose more consumers to the viability of electric vehicles and alternative mobility options”.

Dudu Mwelase GM Corporate Affairs Nissan South Africa added: “We are excited that other like-minded auto companies are joining us in the electric vehicle revolution towards a sustainable future.”

Since international market launch at the end of 2013, close to 50 000 BMW i3’s have been sold. The BMW i3 was launched in South Africa in March 2015 and to date a 124 vehicles have been sold. The Nissan LEAF has sold close to 200 000 vehicle globally and as a result over 1 billion emission free kilometres have been driven.

The Nissan LEAF according to Nissan is the first fully electric vehicle to market and was awarded the title of World Car of the Year in 2010.

Uber envisions a future where getting around is simpler, more accessible and more sustainable. We are excited to bring our Johannesburg riders UberGREEN,” Lits emphasized.

As UberGREEN is in a trial phase and is only available between 7am and 7pm. The option may be restricted to some areas of Johannesburg, especially during rush hour.

For you to know how this work open the Uber app between 9 May to 3 June 2016 (7am to & 7pm); Select the UberGREEN option; and set your pickup location and request a ride as you normally would.

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