Chicago ride-seekers can now travel in sustainable style, with the local Uber’s new fleet of electric cars. The service has ordered twenty-five BYD e6 electric cars so that Uber drivers can offer carbon emission-free rides to their customers. Rather than teaming up with Tesla and their Model S, Uber has gone for the more competitive BYD (Build Your Dream) company, which plans to increase their United States manufacturing plants over the next three years.
The BYD e6 was not only chosen for being a luxurious, sustainable ride, but also for its size. The e6 cabins are much larger than other EVs, offering a more comfortable ride for Uber users, who often choose the service over standard taxi cabs. The model has already become a regularly used automobile for a London chauffeur service and a taxi company in Hong Kong.
The drawback to choosing the e6 over another EV is its charging range. Currently the e6 averages around 186 miles per charge, but BYD plans to increase the EV battery capabilities three-fold over the next year, in order to remain competitive with Tesla and other manufacturers.
The new fleet of e6s came from the Green Wheels USA dealership, which offer a rental option for Uber drivers for $200 a week. The weekly fee also includes a free nightly charge-up after a shift is over. Uber customers can choose the EVs when booking a driver, putting the option for green transportation in their hands.