According to The Wall Street Journal, Uber is working with an unknown automaker to design customized EVs for its ride-hailing and delivery services.
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi confirmed the project last week at an event hosted by the newspaper, but did not specify which automakers it is partnering with.
Uber’s CEO said the ride-hailing service could seat passengers facing each other, and vehicles with two or three wheels are being considered for delivery services because they have a smaller footprint.
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All vehicles are optimized for urban use and are slower than conventional vehicles. Khosrowshahi said there is no need for a high top speed in an urban environment, adding that designing for a lower top speed would reduce costs.
Uber previously teamed up with UK-based Arrival to come up with good-looking futuristic human transportation, but Arrival abandoned the project last year to focus on the startup’s vision of an electric van. It is said that he decided to guess the Before the Uber partnership.
Efforts to acquire customized EVs lead to Uber’s goal of being a “zero-emission platform” by 2040 and fully electric by 2030, but limited to some markets. can be In the meantime, Uber drivers can rent Tesla EVs for short, all-inclusive terms through his Hertz. The car-rental giant wants ride-hailing drivers to make up a large share of its nationwide EV customers.
By California standards, it only complies, not beyond. States have approved Uber and Lyft EV directives in 2021. This will see larger fleets and ride-hailing companies go all-electric by 2030.