Uber Drivers in San Diego Offered Incentives to Use Electric Vehicles

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The giant rideshare firm Uber announced Tuesday that San Diego will be one of seven cities where drivers will be given an incentive to drive electric vehicles.

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The EV Champions program is rolling out here and in Austin, Los Angeles, Montreal, Sacramento, San Francisco and Seattle after successful pilots in Pittsburgh and Portland.

“The aim of the EV Champions Initiative is to increase access to clean electric mobility for the driver-partners and riders who use Uber,” said Adam Gromis, Uber’s global lead on sustainability and environmental impact. “We anticipate this initiative will facilitate at least 5 million Uber EV rides over the next year.”

In San Diego, Uber will be providing a $1 per trip incentive for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. In addition, Uber will add charging stations at its San Diego hub.

“We applaud Uber’s efforts to expand awareness of electric cars through rideshare,” said Joel Levin, executive director of Plug In America, a national association representing EV drivers. “EVs provide cleaner air, energy independence, and lower total cost of ownership when factoring incentives. This program will give more people the opportunity to hear the many benefits of electric cars from the drivers who know it best.”

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