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Uber and Renault Nissan partner to boost EV adoption

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Uber and Renault Nissan have signed a memorandum of understanding to provide electric vehicles (EVs) to drivers using its app in Europe.

It follows a successful pilot between Nissan and Uber in the UK, which saw a fleet of 2,000 40kWh Nissan Leafs offered to drivers as part of Uber’s Clean Air Plan.

The MoU between the companies was announced as part of Uber’s announcement to become a zero-emission mobility platform.

By 2025, 50% of kilometers driven on Uber’s platform in aggregate across seven European capitals (Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Lisbon, London, Madrid and Paris) will be in EVs.

This will mean that riders will be able to select a zero-emission vehicle in cities representing 80% of Uber European business by the end of 2021.

Under the MoU, the companies will now explore how working together can accelerate the adoption of EVs and the electric ecosystem in European cities.

This includes plans to launch joint marketing and education plans to promote EV offers and benefits to Uber’s partner drivers and to offer test drivers to allow them to experience EVs.

Gilles Normand, SVP, electric vehicles & mobility services, Groupe Renault, said: “This MoU with Uber is an acknowledgement of our ability to conquest new markets and to support professionals in their energy transition.

“Today, we capitalise on our competitive advantage: an attractive EV-offer that contributes to large scale electric mobility roll-out.

“We have worked closely with local authorities over the past years to propose solutions to the growing challenges facing cities: transportation, decarbonization and air quality.

“With the signature of this MoU we aim to join our forces to accelerate the movement.”

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