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Uber-Hertz Tesla rental partnership is off to a great start with more than 15,000 on the way

Uber-Hertz Tesla rental partnership is off to a great start with more than 15,000 on the way

Uber’s plan to electrify its driver fleet by 2030 appears to be off to a good start. The ride-hailing company announced today that more than 15,000 Uber drivers have signed up to rent Tesla vehicles through its partnership with rental car company Hertz. Uber claims the deal is the “biggest expansion” ever of EVs to a mobility platform in North America and has already had more than 5 million Tesla rides covering more than 40 million miles since the program kicked off last year. .

The popularity and demand for electric vehicles is unprecedented for consumers, especially with higher gas costs. The same goes for Uber drivers, who are responsible for the costs associated with refueling the vehicles, regardless of what they are riding. “The program is a win for drivers, who proudly show they are part of the climate solution and who welcome increased revenue through gas savings, electric vehicle incentives and gratuities,” said Uber SVP of mobility and operations, Andrew Macdonald in a statement. . †

Uber’s own assessment of their drivers’ all-electric experience has been glowingly positive. “He can handle the mileage very well,” said one driver. Uber claims that 95 percent of drivers who rent Teslas through Hertz have not previously driven an EV on the platform, and 92 percent of them are now considering their next vehicle purchase will be an EV.

News of Hertz’s first purchase of 100,000 Tesla vehicles late last year attracted widespread attention, aided by a major ad campaign starring Tom Brady. The deal also turned Tesla into a trillion dollar company. Hertz announced a sizable order of 65,000 Polestar 2 vehicles in April, which should be available for rental by the end of the year.

Uber drivers interested in renting a Tesla must have completed a minimum of 150 rides and have a 4.85 star rating to be eligible. It costs about $300 a week to rent the Tesla, and drivers receive an extra dollar per ride (max. $4,000 per year) and are enrolled in the company’s newer “Uber Green” ride-hailing category.

It’s not available everywhere yet, but qualified drivers can apply in the following cities:

Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Connecticut, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis – St. Paul, Nashville, New Jersey, New Orleans, NYC Suburbs, Orlando , Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Washington DC