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Uber’s CEO Explains How the Ride-Hailing Pioneer Is Electrifying

Dara Khosrowshahi talks about Uber’s emissions-reduction push, getting more drivers into EVs and mending ties with officials in Europe.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

In September 2020, Uber pledged to eliminate all emissions from every trip booked on its platform globally by 2040. The ambitious announcement — made six months into the pandemic, at a time when travel was still severely disrupted — included a commitment to invest $800 million by 2025 in helping drivers switch to electric vehicles. The ride-hailing company said at the time it expected all trips in the U.S., Canada and Europe to take place in EVs by the end of this decade.

Uber initially made slow progress toward these goals, especially in its home market. A year ago, the share of battery-powered vehicles in U.S. ride-hailing was still lower than in the country’s overall passenger-car market. For its fleet to be entirely electric by the end of the decade, Uber will have to go from lagging behind in EV adoption to considerably outpacing it.