Uber ‘more environmentally damaging than private cars’

Emissions from Uber rides are 41 percent higher than the average private motorist, a new report has revealed.

Uber app

Emissions from Uber rides are 41 percent higher than the average privately owned vehicle, a new report reveals.  

The significantly higher carbon emissions are because of the time Uber drivers spend without passengers in their vehicles.

In response, Uber has pledged to make all its rides in North America and Europe 100 percent zero emissions by 2030. It is also targeting 100 percent electric trips in London by 2025, and 50 percent of trips in Europe to be zero-emissions.

The FT has analysed Uber’s first-ever environmental impact report, looking at trips taken in the US and Canada between 2017 and 2019.

Improved algorithms had reduced emissions per passenger mile – but they were still significantly higher than regular vehicles.

Uber, however, insisted the service was still more environmentally friendly than driving a vehicle one-up, as well as other taxi services.

“This is a start and we expect to be judged by our actions,” said Uber CEO Dara Khosrowashahi.

Nissan Leaf

Electrifying Uber

As part of its move towards electric cars, Uber has signed an MoU with the Renault Nissan Alliance to provide Uber drivers with affordable EVs, such as the Nissan Leaf pictured above.

A pilot is already operating in London, offering Uber App drivers access to cost-effective electric cars.

This will be extended to France later this year, then to the Netherlands, Portugal and other markets.

The aim is to give Uber users the chance to select a zero-emissions vehicle in 80 percent of European Uber regions by the end of 2021.

“By teaming up with Uber in the UK, we have already been able to increase the awareness and adoption of zero-emission vehicles, and we are looking forward to exploring how to roll that out further in Europe,” said Nissan Europe’s Jordi Vila


Is Uber worse for the environment than driving yourself?

Uber gives free rides to NHS workers during coronavirus crisis

Uber users would pay more for an electric ride

Related Articles

Richard Aucockhttps://www.motoringresearch.com/
I'm director at Motoring Research. I run a bit, cycle a bit, have a huge love for the automotive industry.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


Caura app aims to save motorists time, money – and fines

Caura wants to be the only smartphone app to manage motorists’ car ownership by aggregating parking, tolls, MOT, car insurance and more

Volkswagen T-Roc R (2020) review

The Volkswagen T-Roc R combines the style of an SUV with the speed of a hot hatchback. The best of both worlds, then?

New 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI and GTE news, prices and specs

The eighth generation Volkswagen Golf GTI is priced from £33,460; VW is also launching a plug-in hybrid Golf GTI alongside it

2020 motoring events: all the car shows cancelled by Covid

Whether you enjoy a good chinwag at a breakfast meeting or watching historic racing cars on a circuit, here are some of the best motoring events of 2020.