TotalEnergies and Uber are partnering to accelerate the transition of Uber’s drivers towards electric mobility, by providing support for vehicle conversion and easier access to charge points.
The partnership will be rolled out in France at first, after which it could potentially be extended to other European countries.
Uber has set an objective to have 50% of its fleet in France, which currently has 30 000 registered drivers, be electric vehicles (EVs) by 2025. This forms part of the company’s wider commitment to be fully electric across Europe and North America by 2030.
Meanwhile, TotalEnergies is already strongly involved in charging services and infrastructures in major European cities and throughout France, particularly in Paris.
TotalEnergies will, therefore, issue drivers currently using the Uber app and equipped with electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles, a TotalEnergies card giving them access to charge points located within its service stations and throughout the EV charging networks it operates.
They will have access to 20 000 charge points in France by the end of this year and more than 75 000 by 2025.
In addition, TotalEnergies and Uber will collaborate, based on drivers’ habits and journeys, to determine the optimal locations for future hubs and charging sites.
Drivers will also be offered the opportunity to join the TotalEnergies loyalty programme, and benefit from the free club assistance for a full year, which includes a range of services including roadside assistance for their electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle.
Drivers will also have privileged access to an in-home offer with free administrative support, designed to encourage the installation of an electric charge point at home, whether they live in a condominium or in individual housing.
"We are delighted with this collaboration to support drivers and, beyond that, their customers, in their transition to more affordable, safer and accessible electric mobility. Our commitment is to provide them with services that meet their expectations, with the guarantee of an adapted charging network.
“We share with Uber the same ambitions to achieve carbon neutrality and to accompany cities in the transformation of mobility and the reduction of carbon emissions," comments TotalEnergies France marketing MD Guillaume Larroque.
Uber France GM Laureline Serieys adds that the partnership with TotalEnergies is a cornerstone in Uber’s commitment to reach 50% EVs by 2025 and to support VTC (also called ‘car with driver’) drivers in their transition to EVs.
“The company’s expertise and the coverage of its charging network will help remove some of the obstacles that drivers may encounter and will allow them to make the transition to EVs more serenely."