TodayApril 15, 2022

Uber and General Motors go electric in CA and CO

California and Colorado

  • Starting in Los Angeles and Denver
  • drivers with Uber Diamond-tier status eligible
  • special financing through a pilot program with GM Financial.

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 to purchase a new electric vehicle and charging accessories.

“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 contribute to cleaner air in our cities.”

GM will extend the same discount for current eligible drivers on the Uber platform in the United States and Canada. It offers its employees to purchase a new 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV. US drivers will also have access to 20 percent below MSRP on Bolt EV accessories, including at-home charging equipment.

“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 platform that 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 spacious 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.

Last month the Cadillac LYRIQ show car, the luxury brand’s first fully electric vehicle, was revealed, representing the future of electrification at Cadillac.

In July 2020, GM and EVgo announced plans to triple the size of the nation’s largest DC fast-charging network over the next five years.

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 the fall of 2021, they 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. Additionally, GM announced it is working with Qmerit to create a more accessible at-home charging solution.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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