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Published on September 5th, 2016 | by James Ayre

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G-Ride — Chicago-Based Ride-Sharing Startup First To Use Only “Eco-Friendly” Vehicles

September 5th, 2016 by  



A new Chicago-based ride-sharing startup, dubbed G-Ride, will reportedly only be utilizing “eco-friendly” vehicles in its fleet, the first ride-sharing firm to do so, according to an email sent to CleanTechnica and EV Obsession.

green ride sharing

In addition to this potential selling point, the startup also claims that it “plants a tree with every ride and every 100 rides saves an acre of rainforest! G-Ride’s mission is to shift the collective Eco-Consciousness one ride at a time. We want to make it easy and cost effective to go green and make an impact.”

Other points of potential interest include: a higher pay-rate for drivers, reportedly; the encouragement of tips through the association of tips and tree planting rates; equity options; and a driver-elected board member.

Another potential selling point is the firm’s partnership with Guard Lhama — a push-button service that alerts relevant authorities of your GPS location in the event of problems or harassment. The startup put the relevance of that this way: “There have been over 6,000 harassment cases against rideshare drivers and we plan to stop them before they start.” (Presumably, this is a reference to Uber and Lyft harassment complaints.)

Those interested may also be interested to learn that the firm is offering $20 off of the first ride in a Tesla that G-Ride users take.

Of final note is that G-Ride will not be using Surge Pricing, or any similar program, meaning that rates will be more or less steady regardless of demand levels.

The startup is currently running an Indiegogo campaign, for those interested in pitching in or learning more.

G-Ride Move With Purpose from Brian Boros on Vimeo
 





 

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.



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