Uber India has introduced its EV ride-hailing product, Uber Green. According to Prabhjeet Singh, President, Uber India and South Asia, the company plans to focus on Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore in the first phase, while it plans to add four more cities in the second phase.
Singh added that in the next three years, the company plans to deploy around 25,000 e4Ws with the help of its fleet partners, including Lithium Urban Technologies, Moove and Everest Fleet. Notably, the company announced its partnership with Tata Motors to deploy 25,000 Xpres-T EVs on the platform.
Speaking of partnerships, with the new service, the company has also announced a slew of new partnerships, including Zypp Electric, to deploy 10,000 e2Ws on the platform by 2024.
Andrew Macdonald, Senior Vice President- Mobility and Bussiness Operations, Uber, noted that 50% of the rides in India consist of Uber Auto and Uber Moto.
Uber India has also partnered with the Small Industries Development Bank Of India (SIDBI) to provide INR 1,000 crore for EV financing and with Jio bp and GMR for charging infrastructure. With Jio bp, the ride-hailing company plans to use the existing charging network and collaborate to set up new stations, Singh added.
Macdonald noted that India’s huge scale and electrification momentum make the country a priority for Uber, as the company aims to electrify every ride on the platform by 2040.
India plays a major role in Uber’s global business plan with the two tech centres in Bangalore and Hyderabad, he added. India has over 800,000 active drivers on the platform, with 500 million rides per year.