Uber’s chic electric car service is now available in 25 cities across North America

Uber Comfort Electric is coming to more cities in North America.
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Uber is bringing its premium electric car service to more cities, announcing the launch of its Comfort Electric feature in 14 additional cities across North America, bringing the total number of markets to 25.

In May, Uber launched Comfort Electric in a handful of cities, the list of which has been growing ever since. Only premium electric vehicles, such as Tesla, Polestar and Ford Mustang Mach-E, would be considered eligible for Comfort Electric rides. It will sit alongside the company’s other EV product, Uber Green, which offers drivers an additional fee (usually $1) to use electric vehicles.

Here are the 25 cities where Uber Comfort Electric is available:

Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore-Maryland, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Connecticut, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New Jersey, Suburban New York, Philadelphia, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Vancouver (Canada), Washington, D.C.

Comfort Electric is an extension of Uber Comfort, where passengers can request more legroom, quiet cars and other amenities typically associated with its more expensive Uber Black service. Uber Comfort isn’t as expensive as Uber Black, but riders pay around 20-40% more than a typical Uber X ride.

Uber Comfort Electric is available in 25 cities in North America.
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Uber has set itself the goal of becoming a “zero emissions platform in the United States and Canada” by 2030 – a difficult ambition given that Uber classifies its drivers as independent contractors and cannot theoretically drive them. force everyone to adopt electric vehicles. The company said it would spend $800 million of its own money to help “hundreds of thousands of drivers in the United States, Canada and Europe switch to battery electric vehicles by 2025.”

Some states, like California, don’t just sit back and allow Uber to make that decision voluntarily. The Golden State passed new rules in 2021 requiring ride-sharing companies to electrify their fleets by 2030 — a few years before the state plans to completely ban the sale of new gas-powered cars.

The company is also working to convince more drivers to switch from gasoline-powered vehicles to electric vehicles. Uber recently announced that 15,000 drivers have pledged to rent Tesla vehicles through its partnership with rental car company Hertz. This partnership recently expanded to Canada, with Vancouver being the only city outside of the United States to benefit from the company’s EV service so far.

Uber is not the first transport company to commit to switching to electric vehicles. In June, Lyft announced it would transition “100%” of its fleet to electric vehicles by 2030. Which company does it first — or not at all — has become another source of competition between the two companies.

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