Uber is adding hybrid vehicles and reducing costs for the Green service

Mihai-Alexandru Cristea 13/05/2021 | 17:04

Uber announces the expansion of the Uber Green product, in an effort to bring e-mobility closer to users. Starting today, Uber Green’s service is extended to hybrid cars in addition to existing electric cars, in order to offer shorter ETAs in Bucharest and Timișoara. Moreover, the prices for Uber Green trips are now the same as for Uber Comfort, which makes it more accessible for passengers who wish to reduce their impact on the environment.

Green is the company’s commitment to cities and to the community of more than 1.7 million people who use Uber in Romania. Through it, the company aims to transform mobility so that everyone can access reliable, safe, affordable, and clean transportation at the touch of a button, instead of having to rely on individual car ownership. Uber Green’s purpose is to help cities decrease air pollution, reduce urban congestion, and increase access to clean modes of transportation.

We truly believe that the future of transportation is electric – with Uber Green, we would like to make e-mobility accessible to as many people as possible and to develop the electric transportation in Bucharest and Timișoara. In the 3 years after launching the electric service, the pilot has greatly developed, and it keeps us motivated. Through the Uber Green service, a record number of people have access to hybrid and electric cars and are contributing to our goal of becoming a zero-emissions mobility platform by 2040. We want to develop partnerships with authorities and carmakers so that we can continue to evolve the electric mobility in Romaniasays Ana Maria Borlovan, Country Operations Manager Uber Romania

In the past 3 years, more than 345.000 people have used the service in Bucharest & Timișoara, covering 6.4 million km by electric cars and preventing approximately 1.400 tons* of carbon dioxide from reaching the atmosphere, compared to the same distance having not been travelled by electric car. This was possible with the help of the zero-emission cars available in the application (Renault Zoe, VW e-Golf, Kia Soul, BMW i3, Smart Forfour, VW e-up!). The average ETA for an Uber Green ride is 4 mins. The longest Uber Green ride was 366 km, from Bucharest to Brașov.

Last September, Uber announced its commitment to becoming a zero-emissions mobility platform in the next 20 years, across 10,000 cities and six continents, with 100% of journeys taking place in zero-emission vehicles, public transit, and micro-mobility. Another step taken by the company to offer new mobility options was the integration of Lime scooters in the Uber platform. Since July of last year, riders in Bucharest have been able to order a Lime scooter through the Uber app, thus providing them with even more sustainable and affordable transportation options.

The Uber Green service was launched in 2018 in Bucharest, with 100% electric cars, and expanded to Timișoara in October 2020.


How Uber Green works

  • Download the Uber app on your phone and create an account
  • The app opens with a simple question: “Where to?”
  • Once you add a destination, you will be able to see the prices for the ride
  • Select Uber Green
  • An electric or hybrid car will arrive at your pickup location in the shortest time possible
  • Rate your trip and leave other feedback
  • Afterwards, you will receive an email receipt and you can also download your invoice
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