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If you’re in Johannesburg, your next Uber ride could be in an electric car.
That’s thanks to a partnership between the private ride-hailing service, BMW, and Nissan aimed at reducing carbon emissions.
Called UberGREEN, the pilot project will take place between 9 May and 3 June. During the pilot, riders will be able to request a BMW i3 or Nissan LEAF electric vehicle, operated by Uber driver-partners in Johannesburg at uberX prices, helping provide a more sustainable trip at an affordable price.
Woolworths WRewards members also stand to gain from the partnership as they’ll be among the first to have access to these vehicles for a limited period before the pilot officially opens to public.
Woolworths is pleased to partner with Uber South Africa on the launch of UberGREEN. The fact that Uber is offering riders the opportunity to choose a carbon emission-free method of transport is in line with the principles of Woolworths’ Good Business Journey, so the collaboration was a natural fit” says Hannah Ross, Head of Customer Relationship Management at Woolworths.
“In a world where mobility adds to the carbon emission problem, we at Uber are eager to provide alternate options. Uber is passionate about making rides better and more sustainable and this partnership is a step towards making changes for the good of our environment,” says Alon Lits General Manager, Uber Sub-Saharan Africa.
Tim Abbott, Managing Director, BMW Group South Africa says “In order for the momentum of electric mobility to increase partnerships like the one with Uber are essential to expose more consumers to the viability of electric vehicles and alternative mobility options”.
“We are excited that other like-minded auto companies are joining us in the electric vehicle revolution towards a sustainable future” adds Dudu Mwelase GM: Corporate Affairs Nissan South Africa.
As UberGREEN is in a trial phase and is only available between 7am and 7pm. The option may be restricted to some areas of Johannesburg, especially during rush hour