Uber and Shell Recharge Solutions collaboration expands BC’s EV infrastructure

Today, the first of three new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in British Columbia opened in locations with high rideshare utilization, thanks to a collaboration between Uber and Shell Recharge Solutions. 

As a pilot project for the first six months, the charging stations will be available exclusively to drivers on the Uber platform at a discount to encourage adoption and provide a more convenient solution than at-home charging. The longer-term goal of this pilot project is to apply learnings in the creation of similar programs to increase EV adoption in other cities where ridesharing operates in North America.

The Greater Vancouver Region has the highest percentage of low-emission vehicles on Uber across all Canadian markets, but access to on-the-road charging options remains a key barrier. The first new EV charging station is located at Metropolis at Metrotown Mall – 4750 Kingsway, Burnaby, Lot 218 – available today.

Two more charging stations are expected to be available later this year, and the locations will be announced in the coming months.

This pilot project will have a total of six charging ports. Each site will feature 120kW fast-charging stations that are faster than most on-the-road chargers and has charge ports for two EVs.

Shell Recharge Solutions brought extensive experience providing turnkey solutions scaled to the specific electrification requirements of light, medium and heavy-duty fleets. Support included site acquisition, system design and installation, and site operation tools. 

This is part of Uber Canada’s ongoing work to become a zero-emission platform in major cities in Canada by 2030. Just last month, Uber expanded its partnership with Hertz to Canada so rideshare drivers who use the Uber platform can now sign up to rent Teslas on a weekly basis from Hertz in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal. Earlier this year, Uber Canada announced partnerships with Wallbox and FLO to offer discounts on home-charging solutions. Uber Canada also announced a partnership with Plug’n Drive to provide drivers the opportunity to learn about the total cost of owning an EV and the benefits of making the switch from gas to electric. General Motors is giving discounts to rideshare drivers on the Chevrolet Bolt EV. Drivers of fully electric vehicles are eligible for Uber’s Zero Emissions incentive, which lets them earn an extra $1 on every trip with Uber up to $4,000 until December 31, 2022. And last fall, we also announced Uber+Transit as a pilot in the Greater Toronto Area. By looking at transit schedules and UberX availability, Uber will suggest a combined route that’s both convenient and affordable.   

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