EVgo announced the launch of a new EV charging discount program for rideshare drivers on Uber’s platform, as both companies work to accelerate the adoption of zero-emission transportation.
As part of a shared sustainability mission, the two companies are working together to enhance access to EVgo’s network for Uber drivers and encourage mass adoption of electric vehicles. Uber and rideshare drivers often rely heavily on public charging since they are out on the road and away from residential charging options most of the time.
More affordable access to the largest public fast charging network in the United States, operated by EVgo, helps drivers address key barriers to going electric. According to a 2019 EVgo study, rideshare drivers that spend more than 40 hours per week driving can clock 3-7 times more miles than an average EV owner, requiring them to charge multiple times per day in some cases. Additionally, rideshare drivers need more urban fast charging solutions they can access away from home. As drivers look for affordable ways to transition to EVs, many – such as those who rent – will face limited at-home charging options and won’t be able to start each day on a full charge. Rental households make up 36% of all housing units and tend to lack access to at- or near-home charging.
This new program, which officially goes live, gives Uber drivers access to discounted rates based on their Uber Pro status, waived monthly fees and expanded session time limits at EVgo’s more than 800 fast charging locations.
In early September 2020, Uber announced its commitment to become a zero-emission mobility platform with several key actions, including $800 million in resources to help hundreds of thousands of drivers to transition to EVs by 2025, and the expansion of “Uber Green” which gives riders the option to choose an electric or hybrid ride.
Uber drivers can visit the EVgo Discount Program with Uber website to sign up for this special offer and locate charging stations on the EVgo app. Paving the road for a low carbon economy, EVgo’s ongoing partnership with Uber will accelerate the electrification of rideshare vehicles across the U.S.