France: Uber accelerates the switch to electric with Stellantis
PARIS (Reuters) – The car-sharing operations of Stellantis, Free2move and Uber on Tuesday announced an agreement to speed up the transition to electric power by American giant VTC on French territory.
Free2move, which offers professionals multiple vehicle rental options, will enable Uber in France to move closer to its goal of electrifying 50% of its current fleet of 30,000 transport vehicles with drivers by 2025.
“This partnership aims to accelerate and facilitate the greening of fleets to meet Europe’s goals of transitioning to an all-electric transition, and we are proud to support Uber in tomorrow’s mobility,” Brigitte Courtehoux announced in a statement press release. CEO of Free2move.
In view of the climatic challenges, Uber plans to be completely diesel-free by 2024. Currently 47% of its vehicles are equipped with diesel engines, compared to 85% two years ago.
“For this, Uber has set up a fund of 75 million euros dedicated to the electric switchover,” explained Laureline Serieys, General Manager of Uber France.
(Report by Gilles Guillaume, written by Laetitia Volga, edited by Kate Entringer)
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