Electrifying for a greener Austin

June 18, 2018 / Austin

With more than 2 million Uber trips completed in Electric Vehicles (EV) in the United States and Canada in 2017, Uber is committed to facilitating more sustainable transportation in Austin and other cities. By working together with driver-partners, Rocky Mountain Institute, and other local experts on an exciting pilot program, we’re helping to electrify more of the miles you travel.

Now, whenever riders are matched with a driver-partner in an EV in Austin, they will be notified in-app that they’re riding in an EV. Additionally, we’ve listened to driver-partners and heard their concerns about the unique limitations that driving an EV has with ridesharing and are working on specific product improvements for driver-partners with EVs.

Partnering with Rocky Mountain Institute to make an impact in Austin

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is developing and piloting shared, electrified, and autonomous personal mobility systems and services that help to reduce our dependence on oil, cost less, and are more accessible than fossil-fuel vehicles. Together, Uber and RMI are teaming up to support active EV driver-partners in Austin and to educate the public on the benefits of shared electric mobility.

Moving forward with more sustainable transportation in mind

We hope that these efforts will help raise awareness about the important role EVs and other efforts can play in developing sustainable transportation in Austin.

Learn more about Uber’s additional commitments to working towards a more sustainable transportation by filling empty seats, partnering with transit agencies, and providing more in-app access to active options for transportation like Express POOL and Uber Bike provided by JUMP.