General Motors is teaming up with Uber to help accelerate the rideshare industry’s transition to an all-electric, zero-emissions future by offering drivers on Uber’s platform special pricing on the purchase of a new electric vehicle.
“Improving access to EVs for on-demand service providers can help reduce overall tailpipe emissions in cities across the country and help accelerate widespread EV adoption,” said Sigal Cordeiro, GM executive director of Sales and Marketing for Global Innovation. “Our collaboration with Uber will facilitate drivers’ switch to an EV, empowering these drivers, their passengers and communities to experience electric vehicles and accelerate the transition to zero emission electric vehicles in our cities.”
For current eligible drivers1 on Uber’s platform in Canada and the United States, GM will extend the same discount it offers employees, on the purchase of a new 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV. The Chevrolet Bolt EV is ideal for a rideshare application due to its up to 417 km2 range on a full charge, and driver and customer comfort.
“Through this program we’re offering new ways for drivers and customers across the country to fall in love with driving electric,” said Steve Majoros, vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. “This is a key opportunity to grow Chevrolet’s EV business through a program that matches our expertise and strength with a rideshare provider who brings its own scale and reach.”
The Chevrolet Bolt EV has benefited rideshare drivers for years. GM data suggests rideshare drivers can experience significantly lower maintenance costs when using a Bolt EV compared to traditional gas-powered vehicles. Drivers also cite in-vehicle technology and the accommodating interior as benefits.
This announcement continues General Motors’ commitment to accelerating widespread EV adoption and an all-electric, zero-emissions future.
The heart of GM’s strategy is a modular propulsion system and a highly flexible global EV platform powered by proprietary Ultium batteries, allowing the company to compete for nearly every customer in the market today, whether they are looking for affordable transportation, a luxury experience, work trucks or a high-performance machine.
Last month the Cadillac LYRIQ, the luxury brand’s first fully electric vehicle, was revealed, representing the future of electrification at Cadillac. Through outstanding performance, range and charging capabilities, LYRIQ plants the cornerstone for the brand’s all-electric future.
In March 2020, GM announced plans to greatly expand employee workplace charging with the addition of 3,500 new plugs at GM facilities in Canada and the U.S..
Earlier this year, GM announced that the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant will be GM’s first plant that is 100 percent devoted to electric vehicles and in fall 2021, will start building the new GMC HUMMER EV.
In 2019, GM announced the creation of Ultium Cells LLC, a joint venture with LG Chem to mass-produce battery cells in Ohio for future battery-electric vehicles.
The Chevrolet Bolt EV was the first EV that cracked the code of providing long range at an affordable price. Chevy’s EV line up will grow with the new Bolt EUV and its refreshed Bolt EV. The Bolt EUV will be the first Chevrolet vehicle to offer Super Cruise 3, the industry’s first true hands-free driving technology for compatible divided highways. Both vehicles will go into production in summer 2021.
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