Uber partners with Lithium Urban to add over 1,000 EVs to its fleet

Uber partners with Lithium Urban to add over 1,000 EVs to its fleet
9 Oct, 2020

Ride hailing company Uber on Thursday said it has partnered with Bengaluru based electric vehicle fleet operator Lithium Urban Technologies to deploy over 1,000 electric sedans across Uber rentals in the cities of Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune. 

Uber said that it has already deployed more than 100 such vehicles, including Mahindra’s eVerito and Tata Tigor EV. 

Founded in 2014, Lithium Urban is a 100% electric fleet operator and currently has more than 500 slow, fast chargers and charging hubs around the country, according to a statement.

While the fast charge can recharge a sedan in 90 minutes, the slow ones would take close to eight hours for the same. 

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Uber said the partnership is in line with its commitment to make all rides on its platform 100% emission free by 2040 through zero-emission vehicles, combined with the integration of public transport and micro mobility.

“After our partnerships with Yulu, Mahindra and SUN Mobility, this is our fourth partnership in this space and Uber will always remain committed to providing smarter mobility, building greener cities and creating healthier lives,” Prabhjeet Singh, President, Uber India and South Asia said. 

Over the 12 months, Uber said it will be scaling up to 2,000 electric vehicles on its platform, including the Lithium EVs.

Read: Electric vehicles a $6.7 bn market potential in India: Avendus Capital   

A recent report by financial services firm Avendus Capital said that the revenue potential of electric vehicles (EV) in India stands at about $6.7 billion by 2025