The giant Uber wants to be 100% electric by 2030. Dara Khosrowshahi, the company’s chief executive, has confirmed his intention to have all of his drivers adopt electric vehicles by the end of the decade. Those who do not leap zero emission mobility will be left out of the transport platform.
Uber’s plans include doubling the number of electric vehicles in its fleet by next year, allocating approximately 800 million dollars in aid to offset the higher initial cost of this type of car (although we must not forget that its operating costs are usually much smaller than those of the thermal models).
This change will affect three markets: Canada, the United States, and Europe. “If we do our job, we will be fully electric,” said the executive during a recent interview in which he was asked if internal combustion engine vehicles would continue to be allowed on the platform.
Aware of the transformation that the sector will undergo in the coming years, some manufacturers such as the Renault Group have begun to develop specific solutions for chauffeur-driven transport services such as Uber. This is the case of the Mobilize Limo, an electric sedan that the diamond firm only offers to professionals.
Uber and other companies in the sector will transform in the coming years
The Mobilize Limo is a 4.67-meter-long sedan made in China and marketed by Renault’s new mobility company Mobilize. It has a 500-liter boot and has been designed with the needs of taxi drivers and chauffeurs in mind. It is only offered through a subscription model. With an average contract of 36 months and 150,000 km, Mobilize calculates that the Limo will be 10% cheaper than a hybrid or diesel vehicle.
This sedan is equipped with a 160 hp (118 kW) engine, thanks to which it can complete 0 to 100 km/h in 9.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 140 km/h. Its batteries have a capacity of 60 kWh and provide a range of 450 km WLTP. As for the load, it reaches a maximum of 75 kW of power in direct current, taking 40 minutes to go from 20 to 80% of autonomy.
It is most likely that in the coming year electric models such as the Mobilize Limo will begin to monopolize the fleets of Uber, Cabify, and other companies in the sector, accelerating their transition to zero-emission mobility, something that will be essential to continue operating in some towns. urban.