Uber has partnered with BMW and Nissan to bring Johannesburg riders UberGREEN, 100% electric rides.
The transport sector accounts for 13% of CO₂ emissions in South Africa, making it the second largest emitter of CO₂ in the country₁. Every step towards finding ways to reduce carbon emissions from transport will go a long way towards countering CO₂ emissions.
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,” says Hannah Ross, head of customer relationship management at Woolworths.
“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,” says Alon Lits, GM of Uber Sub-Saharan Africa.
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, MD of the BMW Group South Africa, says: “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.”
“We are excited that other like-minded auto companies are joining us in the electric vehicle revolution towards a sustainable future,” adds Dudu Mwelase GM: corporate affairs at Nissan South Africa.
Since the 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 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,” says Lits.