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Total Energies, Uber partners to fast-track urban e-mobility transition in Europe

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Total Energies and Uber have announced that they have entered into a partnership to accelerate the transition of Uber's drivers towards electric mobility, by providing support for vehicle conversion and easier access to charge points. This partnership targets France at first, with the possibility to extend it to other European countries.

Uber has set an objective to reach by 2025 50 percent of electric vehicles available on its French platform, which at present has 30,000 registered drivers, as part of its wider commitments to be fully electric across Europe and North America by 2030. Meanwhile, Total Energies is already strongly involved in charging services and infrastructures in major European cities and throughout France, particularly in Paris.

Total Energies will therefore issue to drivers, currently using the Uber app and equipped with electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles, a Total Energies card giving them access to charge points located within its service stations and throughout the EV charging networks it operates. They will have access to 20,000 charge points in France by end-2021, and more than 75,000 by 2025. In addition, Total Energies and Uber will collaborate, based on drivers' habits and journeys, to determine the optimal locations for future hubs and charging sites.

These drivers will also be offered the opportunity to join "Club", Total Energies loyalty program, and benefit from the free Club assistance for a full year, which includes a wide range of services including roadside assistance for their electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle.

Finally, drivers will have privileged access to an in-home offer with free administrative support, designed to encourage the installation of an electric charge point at home, whether they live in a condominium or individual housing.

"We are delighted with this collaboration to support drivers -and beyond that, their customers- in their transition to more affordable, safer, and accessible electric mobility. Our commitment is to provide them with services that meet their expectations, with the guarantee of an adapted charging network. We share with Uber the same ambitions to achieve carbon neutrality and to accompany cities in the transformation of mobility and the reduction of carbon emissions." said Guillaume Larroque, Managing Director of Total Energies Marketing France.

"This partnership with Total Energies is a cornerstone in our commitment to reach 50% electric vehicles by 2025 and to support VTC drivers in their transition to electric vehicles. The Company's expertise and the coverage of its charging network will help remove some of the obstacles that drivers may encounter and will allow them to make the transition to electric vehicles more serenely," said Laureline Serieys, General Manager for Uber in France.

Charging infrastructure: a first obstacle to the transition to Electric Vehicle for drivers

The lack of charging infrastructure is often quoted by drivers as a major obstacle to the transition to electric vehicles. In Ile-de-France (France's largest region, which encompasses 12 million people, including Paris and all its surrounding cities), for example, charging stations are currently concentrated in the center of Paris and the inner suburbs, while only 12 percent of drivers using the Uber application live within the city, compared to 41 percent in the outer suburbs and 22 percent, i.e. the majority, live in Seine-Saint-Denis.

A driver travels an average of 250 kilometers per day. The autonomy of electric cars today allows them to cover this daily distance but having an efficient network of charging stations that are accessible under good conditions (location, recharging time, competitive prices) remains essential. A driver should never have to refuse a ride for fear of running out of battery.

Author : Moulin Oza
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