Uber announced on Tuesday that it is expanding its electric vehicle offering to seven additional cities as part of its effort to reach zero emissions by 2030.
Conor Ferguson, head of mobility communications for Uber, confirmed to The Hill that Comfort Electric, the company’s fleet of all-electric vehicles, will be offered in Las Vegas; Seattle; Portland, Oregon; Denver; Austin, TX; Philadelphia Cream; and Baltimore. The company originally launched Comfort Electric in May in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.
The news was first reported by Axios.
Ferguson told The Hill that Uber’s partnership with car rental company Hertz is designed to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles nationwide. He said customers who select the Comfort Electric option will be able to travel in a “premium” electric vehicle such as a Tesla, Polestar or Ford Mustang Mach-E.
Ashwin Dias, the global head of vehicles and electrification, told The Hill that sustainability shouldn’t “take a back seat” to comfort or style.
“That’s why we’re excited to announce the expansion of Uber Comfort Electric, our first all-electric offering for passengers who want to travel comfortably and sustainably,” Dias said. “Now there are even more ways for cyclists to travel and be part of the climate solution.”
Ferguson said more than 15,000 drivers have rented a Tesla through the program, completing more than 5 million all-electric trips and covering more than 40 million miles.
Uber is also rolling out a training video for customers who have had difficulty opening Tesla’s doors after receiving feedback from drivers.
The video, posted on the company’s Twitter page, says drivers have to push the wide part of the door handle and grab the thinner part to open the door. To exit the car, passengers must press a button on the side of the door when pushing the door to exit.
—Updated 3:09 p.m.