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BYD Battery Cars for Uber in Chicago

March 17, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Some Two Dozen Vehicles Are Ride Service’s First EVs

Approximately 25 Chicago-area Uber drivers are operating 100% battery electric e6 sedans from China’s BYD. The pilot program represents Uber’s first foray into electric vehicles. The BYD cars are supplied by Chicago’s Green Wheels USA.

All-battery e6 cars manufactured by China's BYD are being tested by Uber drivers in Chicago.

All-battery e6 cars manufactured by China’s BYD are being tested by Uber drivers in Chicago.



“Our Chicago pilot is a part of our broader Vehicle Solutions program,” says Uber spokeswoman Lauren Altmin.

“This is the first time we’ve expanded the options to include electric vehicles,” she says.

‘More Options to Our Partners’

'We want to understand feasability of using EVs on Uber,' says Green Wheels USA president Doug Snower, 'with a goal of reducing driver costs while also having a positive impact on the environment.'

‘We want to understand feasability of using EVs on Uber,’ says Green Wheels USA president Doug Snower, ‘with a goal of reducing driver costs while also having a positive impact on the environment.’

“We are in the process of putting the first set of cars out,” says Green Wheels president Doug Snower.

“There are potential EV incentives in the state,” he says, and “BYD has put together special pricing packages for Uber partners starting at $200 a week.”

“We are always looking for ways to provide more options to our partners,” Uber’s Altmin told F&F. “GreenWheels and BYD have both been investing in and building out EV infrastructure in Chicago, and the partnership was a natural fit for this pilot.”

Working on EV Infrastructure Too

Uber is a fabulous partner,” says BYD North America marketing VP Micheal Austin.

BYD_Uber-Chicago_adA widely circulated report said that the program could number 200 vehicles by year-end.

“We’d love to scale up the number rapidly,” Snower says. “This is also dependent on the build out of EV infrastructure in the city, which GreenWheels and BYD are also working on.”

“This is a pilot,” he told F&F. “We’d love to team up with Uber to get more environmentally friendly EVs on the road, but are still in the process of working together to make the experience right for Uber partners.”


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Source: Published reports with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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