LONDON, England – Automotive alliance partners Renault and Nissan have signed a ‘memorandum of understanding’ with taxi group Uber to switch completely to electric vehicles across Europe.
The European markets include Britain, France, the Netherlands, and Portugal and will follow an ”already successful” trial between Nissan and Uber in the UK.
The memo was announced as part of Uber’s bid to become zero-emissions by 2025 after working up to, 50% of kilometres driven on Uber’s platform in aggregate across seven European capitals – Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Lisbon, London, Madrid and Paris – in battery cars.
HOW IT WILL WORK…
This will mean Uber customers being able to select a zero-emissions vehicle in cities representing 80% of European Uber business by the end of 2021.
The ”understanding” means the two automakers will explore how working together can accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles and the electric ecosystem in European cities, including efforts to:
• Offer partner drivers on the Uber App access to Renault and Nissan electric vehicles: Renault ZOE and Nissan LEAF and future EVs from each company.
• Extend the UK pilot scheme into France by the end of 2020, with a view to scaling the programme to the Netherlands, Portugal, and other markets.
• Launch joint marketing and education plans to promote the electric vehicle offers and benefits to Uber’s partner drivers and offer test drives to allow them to experience the cars.
‘ATTRACTIVE EV OFFER’
Gilles Normand, senior vice-president of Renault group’s electric vehicles and mobility services, told The Corner in a media release: “This is an acknowledgement of our ability to conquer new markets and to support professionals in their energy transition.
”Today, we capitalise on our competitive advantage: an attractive EV offer that contributes to large-scale electric mobility. We’ve worked closely with local authorities about solutions to the growing challenges facing cities: transportation, decarbonisation and air quality.”
”We aim to join forces to accelerate the movement.”