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Published on September 28th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

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EVgo Announces Partnership With Uber

September 28th, 2019 by  


EVgo recently announced a partnership with Uber in which the companies will share data, give drivers access to charge, and do other things to improve EV awareness and adoption.EVgo & Uber partnership

“Promoting the transition to electrified rideshare will be the key to unlock Uber’s bold new climate commitments,” said Adam Gromis, Global Head of Sustainability at Uber. “Uber is thrilled to be partnering with EVgo, the leader in promoting rideshare electrification across the United States, to support the expansion of cleaner, greener transportation options.”

The memorandum of agreement starts by giving Uber drivers with electric vehicles access to EVgo’s DC Fast Charging Network, which they claim is “the nation’s largest and most reliable public fast charging network.” Uber and EVgo will then collaborate on data collection, using data from both companies and from the usage by Uber drivers to determine where new charging locations are most needed.

The two companies will also work to develop a series of pilot programs to make it easier for Uber driver-partners to make the switch to an EV and to develop new partnerships to accelerate the electrified rideshare ecosystem, including integrations between the Uber and EVgo apps.

In my own experience watching Uber and Lyft drivers charge at public DC fast charging stations, it’s clear that more education is needed. For example, I’ve seen drivers sit at the stations for far longer than necessary because they don’t understand that charging is much slower after 80%.

If you’re a rideshare driver looking to get into electric vehicles, or an EV owner looking to learn more about rideshare driving, feel free to read my previous article on the topic:

Rideshare Driving In An EV: A Getting Started Guide

 
 

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About the Author

Jennifer Sensiba is a long time efficient vehicle enthusiast, writer, and photographer. She grew up around a transmission shop, and has been experimenting with vehicle efficiency since she was 16 and drove a Pontiac Fiero. She likes to explore the Southwest US with her partner, kids, and animals.



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