TotalEnergies, Uber to expedite shift towards electric urban mobility
TotalEnergies and Uber have entered into a partnership for expediting the transition of the latter’s drivers towards electric mobility by offering support for vehicle conversion and also easier access to charge points.
The partnership will initially target France with the potential to extend it to other countries in Europe.
Uber has set a target to achieve 50% of electric vehicles available on its French platform by 2025. Presently, the ride-hailing company, which has 30,000 registered drivers in France, aims to be 100% electric in Europe and North America by 2030.
Laureline Serieys – General Manager for Uber in France said: “This partnership with TotalEnergies is a cornerstone in our commitment to reach 50% electric vehicles by 2025 and to support VTC drivers in their transition to electric vehicles.
“The Company’s expertise and the coverage of its charging network will help remove some of the obstacles that drivers may encounter and will allow them to make the transition to electric vehicles more serenely.”
TotalEnergies said that is already involved strongly in charging services and infrastructures across key European cities and throughout France, especially in Paris.
The French oil and gas giant will issue a TotalEnergies card to drivers who are using the Uber app and equipped with electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles. The card provides them access to charge points installed within its service-stations and across the EV charging networks where the company operates.
The Uber drivers will have access to 20,000 charge points in France by the end of this year, and over 75,000 by 2025. Additionally, TotalEnergies and Uber will work together based on the habits and journeys of drivers for determining the optimal locations for future hubs and also charging sites.
The drivers will also be provided the scope to join TotalEnergies loyalty program – “Club”. They will get free Club assistance for 12 months, which includes a variety of services such as the roadside assistance for their electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles.
Besides, the Uber drivers will get privileged access to an in-home offer with free administrative support for encouraging the installation of an electric charge point at their homes, irrespective of that being a condominium or an individual house.
Guillaume Larroque – Managing Director of TotalEnergies Marketing France said: “We are delighted with this collaboration to support drivers -and beyond that, their customers- in their transition to more affordable, safer and accessible electric mobility.
“Our commitment is to provide them with services that meet their expectations, with the guarantee of an adapted charging network. We share with Uber the same ambitions to achieve carbon neutrality and to accompany cities in the transformation of mobility and the reduction of carbon emissions.”