Uber is creating a feature that will allow users to request rides in electric vehicles.
The Uber Comfort Electric service, which will launch in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Dubai, will use Tesla and Polestar electric vehicles.
The launch comes a year after Uber announced a deal with Hertz to rent out up to 50,000 Teslas to Uber drivers by 2023. Polestar, a Volvo subsidiary, has also agreed to supply 65,000 electric cars to Hertz over the next five years.
“”As part of Uber’s global commitment to becoming a zero-emissions mobility platform by 2040, we’re continuing to take steps to help you go electric,” the company said in a statement.
Uber is also providing new features to its platform to encourage drivers to switch to electric vehicles, such as an EV cost calculation and a map of EV charging stations.
The electric vehicle features are part of a slew of announcements made by Uber on Monday. It also launched Uber Travel, a service that let riders book cars for each leg of a lengthier journey.
Uber is also launching Uber Charter, which will allow users to hire buses for large groups. The company is collaborating with US Coachways, a bus company, to provide approved third-party cars and drivers. It’s also launching a new voucher scheme for guests to cover the cost of rides.
Sports fans can also use Uber Eats or Postmates to get food ahead of time from stadium concessions.
Despite the fact that Uber trips and food orders increased in the first quarter of 2022, the company remains unprofitable, and its stock has been pulled down by the broader sell-off in the IT sector. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told employees in an email published by CNBC earlier this month that the firm would have to approach hiring “as a privilege” in the future as it attempted to save costs.
“The market is clearly undergoing a seismic transformation, and we must respond properly,” Khosrowshahi added.