Today, on World Environment Day, Uber announced it has helped save 9,36,000 lites of petrol and reduce 2622 metric tonnes of carbon emissions. Thanks to the uberPOOL service.
Last year, with a vision to move more people in a fewer cars, the cab-hailing company launched uberPOOL in Mumbai on World Environment Day. Every carpool rise with Uber helps take away three cars off the road, which is equivalent to planting 4000 trees and reduce consumers’ carbon footprint by 20 per cent, according to Uber.
Initially introduced in San Francisco in 2014, before spreading to other US cites, Paris and India, UberPool attempts to match riders travelling in the same direction, letting them share a cab for part of their journey in exchange for cost savings.
However, Uber is not alone in this environment-friendly journey.
During August last year, Ola introduced a ‘#DoYourShare’ campaign that looks to promote its ‘Ola Share’ offering. The brand highlighted the initiative was also aimed to save carbon emissions. Ola’s stated target was to reduce CO2 emission by 1200 tonnes across the three cities until 15 August 2016.
Recently, the sector has witnessed a lot of developments which focuses towards clean energy. Last week, Ola and Mahindra announced a pilot project in Nagpur where they will deploy 200 electric vehicles — e-cars, e-buses, e-autos and e-rickshaws — for public transport. Mahindra is deploying 100 e2O Plus electric vehicles, and the remaining 100 vehicles will be sourced from Tata Motors, Kinetic, US electric vehicle maker Build Your Dreams (BYD), TVS, among others.