Internet ride-hailing service Uber will launch UberGreen in Johannesburg next week, offering environmentally conscious users of the popular application the option to ride exclusively in all-electric vehicles.
Uber is working with both BMW and Nissan to offer the all-electric option to Uber users.
UberGreen will be in a trial phase and will only available between 7am and 7pm for now, Uber said in a statement.
“The option may be restricted to some areas of Johannesburg, especially during rush hour,” the company said.
Users will be able to access the service through the Uber app from 9 May to 3 June between 7am and 7pm by selecting the “UberGreen” option, setting a pick-up location and requesting a ride as normal.
Uber said the transport sector accounts for 13% of carbon emissions in South Africa, making it the second largest emitter of carbon in the country.
“Every step towards finding ways to reduce carbon emissions from transport will go a long way towards countering CO₂ emissions,” it said.
Uber users will be able to hail both BMW i3 and Nissan Leaf all-electric vehicles during the trial period. — © 2016 NewsCentral Media