The largest providers in the gig economy and also a pioneer in the development of self-driving cars “Uber India” anticipates to have 3 thousand electric vehicles (EV’s) in its fleet by the end of 2021, in a queue with the trend in the mobility sector which is taking rapid growth or strides in the green technologies, a senior executive told the ride-hailing company.
In an Interview, Uber India and South Asia’s president Prabhjeet Singh said that we plan to have approximately 3,000 Electric Vehicles as well as r-rickshaws (covering two, three, and four-wheelers) on our manifesto by the end of 2021. President Prabhjeet Singh also said that because of pre-coronavirus (COVID-19) levels, for example, the gross bookings for auto have bounced back to over 150 percent in Mumbai whereas in Chandigarh, it is at 100 percent, and in Hyderabad, it is at 85%.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Mobility service providers have been among the most impacted as the demand has been reduced. However, the companies are looking to accelerate some of their larger green lane plans as they expect to see a strong recovery in these segments once restrictions are lifted.
Meanwhile, a subsidiary of a foreign company ‘Uber India’ plans to continue to partner with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), along with Electric Vehicle infrastructure companies for battery recharging and exchange, and fleets and financiers to make cars both environmentally friendly, accessible, and affordable.
Additionally, Uber has teamed up with green technology service start-ups like lithium to bring into play more than 1000 Electric Vehicles in Delhi-NCR, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad, as well as in Pune.
Earlier this month, Uber deployed 100 e-rickshaws in Delhi, followed by 500 in Greater Kolkata, and is, however, looking to extend the service to other Tier-II cities.
In a statement, the company said that the central and state government policies and objectives for EV’s, such as Delhi and Telangana will translate into sales in the near future.
Lastly, the company has also collaborated with micro-mobility start-ups like Yuhu, Sun Mobility, and Mahindra to exchange batteries to enable a faster and more transparent transition to Ev’s.