- The fund will promote electromobility projects in the country, with the first objective to integrate 100 electric vehicles into the Uber platform by the end of 2023.
- As of June 1, all trips with the Uber app in Costa Rica will offset 100% of their carbon footprint through carbon credits.
San José, Costa Rica – As part of World Environment Day, Uber announced its local sustainability plan that includes the Electric Mobility Fund, through which it expects to register at least 100 electric vehicles in the app by the end of 2023 and raise more 1 million dollars to support drivers transitioning to electric cars over the next few years.
In addition, as of June 5, all trips with the Uber app in Costa Rica will offset 100% of their carbon footprint through carbon credits. With these efforts, Uber takes a firm step in its commitment to sustainability, in line with the goal that by 2040 all trips made through the app will be 100% carbon emission-free.
“Today, we mark a significant milestone on our journey towards zero emissions by launching the Costa Rica Electric Mobility Fund. This Fund is intended to facilitate the transition to electric vehicles for partner drivers, to reduce the gaps in the acquisition cost between an internal combustion vehicle and an electric one,” said Laura Santillán, recently appointed General Manager of Uber for Central America, reaffirming Uber’s commitment to promoting sustainability in the region.
The fund will act as a financial instrument. It will seek to promote the adoption of electric vehicles through incentives, investment in charging infrastructure, and strategic alliances to share crucial information. The short-term objective of this initiative is to close out 2023 with 100 electric vehicles in the Uber app in Costa Rica.
The Electric Mobility Fund is the first of its kind in Latin America. It follows the successful line of other electric mobility funds implemented by Uber in cities in the United States and Europe. Uber will designate a budget to finance this fund, an effort that will not entail a price increase for users.
Uber Costa Rica, a pioneer in sustainable mobility
In Latin America, Costa Rica has been a source of sustainability innovation for Uber. Uber Planet was created here in 2019, a product that has significantly impacted 81 cities across the region, with which users have offset more than 120 thousand tons of CO2.
As of today, 100% of the Uber trip’s carbon footprint in Costa Rica will be offset through carbon credits. This is how Uber Planet evolves and integrates into the DNA of each ride within the country. Without a price increase, we want to be the most eco-friendly platform on the planet.
For her part, Silvia Rojas, Executive Director of ASOMOVE, an entity dedicated to promoting electric mobility in the country, commented, “It is encouraging to see companies like Uber make bold decisions in favor of zero-emission mobility. At ASOMOVE, we celebrate and support these initiatives since they reflect the power and responsibility that companies have to do the right thing and participate in the fight against climate change. All sectors must face this challenge jointly, so companies like Uber must commit to constructing a decarbonized country.”
“We are proud to lead the transition to a greener future. However, we understand that this is a journey we cannot take alone. It takes the active participation of all: governments, companies, and citizens, so that together we can chart the way towards a sustainable future,” concluded Santillán.