Uber pilots electric cab offering in India • TechCrunch


Uber has started offering electric cars to customers in certain parts of the Delhi-NCR region and says it will expand its efforts over the coming months. The Electric Cab is currently only available for pre-scheduled trips.

“As India’s leading mobility app, we are committed to supporting the Indian government’s emissions targets. Expect to see more electric vehicles – whether two-wheeled, three-wheeled or four-wheeled – across the Indian cities in the coming months.

The company did not share how many taxis it was operating on its platform in India, but insisted it was working with multiple fleet partners, OEMs and infrastructure service providers to “incrementally build the electric vehicle business in a sustainable way.”

Uber’s move comes as India pushes passenger carriers to electrify large parts of its fleets over the next few years. Reuters reported in 2019 that the Indian government first ordered Uber and its arch-rival to convert 5% of their fleet by 2022 and Make it 40% by April 2026. The move came amid New Delhi’s pledge to reduce dependence on oil imports and reduce air pollution to meet its commitment to the 2015 Paris climate change agreement.

Electric taxis are available through the Reserve feature in the app, allowing customers to choose their ride time up to 30 days in advance. Users can cancel their scheduled flights 60 minutes before their trip at no charge, according to the description in the app.

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Both the federal and various state governments in India have started offering incentives to customers and sellers in recent years to increase the adoption of electric vehicles. The state government in Delhi, for example, says it has done so Installing 1,000 EV charging points around the city. It also introduced the Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy in August 2020, which as part provides subsidies for the installation of charging stations. The city aims to have 18,000 charging points in the next three years.

Ola — which includes SoftBank, Temasek Holdings, Hyundai Motor and Kia among its investors — also has Separate electric transmission unit To build electric vehicles. The company initially introduced its electric scooters to the market and says it has plans to expand this business to include an electric vehicle in 2024.

Ola has also tried to enter the taxi market in India. In 2018, he Launch a program It’s called “Mission: Electric” to bring electric taxis, electric rickshaws, electric buses, rooftop solar installations, charging stations and battery swap experiences into the country.

Unlike Uber and Ola, Gujarat-based BluSmart Electric Mobility is in the taxi race in the South Asian market. which company Raised $25 Million From BP Ventures earlier this year which is Looking to raise $250 millionIt has an all-electric fleet, a huge difference from the current two giants. It also claims to have completed over 2.5 million all-electric trips and garnered more than 900,000 app downloads since its launch in 2019. However, BluSmart’s access is currently limited to Delhi-NCR and Bengaluru.

Uber has been offering electric vehicles in the US and Europe for some time. The San Francisco, California-based company operates the Uber Green program to introduce electric vehicles into its fleet and aims to Become a zero-emissions platform by 2040. It also allocated $800 million to encourage drivers on its platform to start using electric vehicles by 2025.

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