Today, the first of three new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in British Columbia opened in locations with high rideshare utilization, thanks to a collaboration between Uber and Shell Recharge Solutions. 

As a pilot project for the first six months, the charging stations will be available exclusively to drivers on the Uber platform at a discount to encourage adoption and provide a more convenient solution than at-home charging. The longer-term goal of this pilot project is to apply learnings in the creation of similar programs to increase EV adoption in other cities where ridesharing operates in North America.

The Greater Vancouver Region has the highest percentage of low-emission vehicles on Uber across all Canadian markets, but access to on-the-road charging options remains a key barrier. The first new EV charging station is located at:

  •  Concord Metrotown – 4750 Kingsway, Burnaby, Lot 218 – available today

Two more charging stations are expected to be available later this year, and the locations will be announced in the coming months.

This pilot project will have a total of six charging ports. Each site will feature 120kW fast-charging stations that are faster than most on-the-road chargers and has charge ports for two EVs.

“As the largest mobility platform in the world, we know the impact we have goes beyond technology. We have a responsibility to reduce our carbon footprint, and we have an ambitious goal of becoming a zero-emissions platform by 2040 globally,” said Michael van Hemmen, Uber’s General Manager for Canada Mobility. “Vancouver far outperforms other cities in North America in terms of EV drivers on Uber, but we know how difficult finding an on-the-road charging station can be. This project is going to have a big impact for existing EV drivers as well as encouraging drivers to make the switch.”

“Reducing emissions from our transport sector is a critical part of our efforts to fight climate change,” said The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources of Canada. “I want to applaud Uber and Shell Recharge Solutions for investing in EV infrastructure, helping to make it easier than ever for Canadians to make the switch to an electric vehicle with confidence.”

Shell Recharge Solutions brought extensive experience providing turnkey solutions scaled to the specific electrification requirements of light, medium and heavy-duty fleets. Support included site acquisition, system design and installation, and site operation tools. 

“This project is an example of what can happen when business leaders, policy makers, and the community work together to support the clean mobility transition in Vancouver,” said CEO Andreas Lips for Shell Recharge Solutions North America. “We are excited to support Uber’s mission to be net-zero by 2040, and we are looking forward to seeing the impact these charging stations have in the area and potentially other cities in North America.”

“We were the first developer that believed in and embraced EV infrastructure in our projects more than a decade ago,” said Terry Hui, Concord Pacific President and CEO. “Our Concord Green Energy business and our recent investment in the Club Kitchen concept has even furthered our vision towards efficient and green transportation. We commend Shell Recharge Solutions and Uber Canada on this progressive approach to making our communities more sustainable and look to exploring more opportunities like this in our communities across North America.”

“Indigo is thrilled to be the site host for these charging stations” said John Laires, CEO of Indigo Park Canada who operates the parking facilities at Concord Metrotown. “Indigo shares Canada’s overall sustainability goals, and we strive to bring access to charging stations on our parking facilities for EV drivers, especially high-mileage drivers like those who use Uber. As an owner and operator of parking facilities, our goal is to make EV charging more accessible, as we are focused on actively contributing to their deployment all over Canada. That’s why Indigo is proud to be part of this pilot project.”

This is part of Uber Canada’s ongoing work to become a zero-emission platform in major cities in Canada by 2030. Just last month, Uber expanded its partnership with Hertz to Canada so rideshare drivers who use the Uber platform can now sign up to rent Teslas on a weekly basis from Hertz in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal. Earlier this year, Uber Canada announced partnerships with Wallbox and FLO to offer discounts on home-charging solutions. Uber Canada also announced a partnership with Plug’n Drive to provide drivers the opportunity to learn about the total cost of owning an EV and the benefits of making the switch from gas to electric. General Motors is giving discounts to rideshare drivers on the Chevrolet Bolt EV. Drivers of fully electric vehicles are eligible for Uber’s Zero Emissions incentive, which lets them earn an extra $1 on every trip with Uber up to $4,000 until December 31, 2022. And last fall, we also announced Uber+Transit as a pilot in the Greater Toronto Area. By looking at transit schedules and UberX availability, Uber will suggest a combined route that’s both convenient and affordable.   

 

About Shell Recharge Solutions

Shell Recharge Solutions is an industry leader in EV charging technology and services with a global footprint that spans North America, Europe, and Asia. Shell Recharge Solutions offers always-on technology products and services including site planning and consultation, an EV charging software platform, on-site software and hardware installation, energy management, and turnkey maintenance support post-install for business and residential customers. Shell Recharge Solutions is part of The Shell Group, whose target it is to become a net-zero emissions energy business by the year 2050, operate more than 500,000 charge points globally by 2025 and scale to 2,500,000 by 2030. For more information, visit shellrecharge.com/solutions.

About Concord Green Energy and Concord Pacific

Concord has been building Canada’s largest lifestyle-forward urban communities for over 30 years. Under the leadership of President and CEO, Terry Hui, Concord Pacific Place in Vancouver and Concord CityPlace in Toronto are the country’s two largest urban master plans, with both nearing completion. Over the past decade, Concord expanded with master plans of scale across Canada. Concord also expanded to Seattle’s tech hub (US) and in London (UK), notably with projects in the Marylebone district and with the completion of Principal Tower, a project located in Principal Place, home to Amazon UK. These communities are renowned for their vibrant urban planning and have been emulated globally. The award-winning developer is Canada’s most substantial contributor of urban city parks and privately funded public art. In addition to their industry-leading forward practices, including Concord BioSpace, Concord Pacific leads North America in EV Parking infrastructure and scale. The company’s Green Energy arm, Concord Green Energy, currently produces twice the amount of energy needed to power all the 150+ towers they have built. Visit concordpacific.com,  concordgreenenergy.ca or clubkitchen.ca for more information.

About Indigo Group

The Indigo Group is the world leader in parking, personal mobility and related services on nearly 6,000 parking facilities, with 14,500 employees throughout 11 countries serving in 750 cities. Indigo Canada operates over 1,000 parking facilities and is supported by a team of nearly 2,300 professionals from the Atlantic to the Pacific Coasts. Operating in a variety of parking and mobility sectors, Indigo works with local authorities as well as private entities managing a wide range of properties and serving multiple market segments.