February 1, 2021 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner today announced an innovative alliance between bp and Uber to explore the planning, development, and deployment of bp’s rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging hubs in Houston to help drivers on Uber’s platform make the transition to electric vehicles. The two companies will also work together to identify potential areas within Houston that could support deployment of bp’s EV charging hubs and create a convenient and equitable network of charging available to the public.
“Collaboration is essential to meeting Houston’s climate goals,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “Transitioning to EVs is one of the fastest steps we can take to improve air quality and community health in Houston. Rideshare—with its high popularity and diverse customer base—is a perfect place to start. I’m thrilled to see Uber and bp join forces to add to Houston’s goal of increasing the affordability and accessibility of EVs in our community.”
This collaboration supports the City’s emission reduction goals set out in the Houston Climate Action Plan and is part of bp’s global effort to help cities decarbonize. Vehicle electrification is a key strategy for Houston to lead a global transition to clean energy and make significant improvements to community health.
“bp supports Mayor Turner’s vision for Houston and his plan to help drive the transition to a low carbon future. We look forward to bringing together the expertise of Uber and bp - building on our existing partnership - to find new and innovative ways to drive down emissions by encouraging more EV use across the city”, said William Lin, EVP regions, cities & solutions at bp.
Equitable access to EV charging will help build a sustainable future for people of all socioeconomic backgrounds. As a result, all members of this pilot program will be looking at ways to bring EV charging to underserved communities and ensure proportional distribution of infrastructure and resources.
“Ensuring an equitable transition for drivers to EVs requires bold action, and more importantly, thoughtful collaboration across the public and private sector. This program breaks ground on a new kind of network that’ll include more accessible charging solutions for drivers of all backgrounds and help them move with us toward a greener future,” said Shin-pei Tsay, Head of Transportation and Cities Policy at Uber.
Uber has pledged to become a fully zero-emission platform by 2040, with 100% of rides taking place in zero-emission vehicles, on public transit, or micro-mobility solutions like bikes or scooters. To do so, Uber is committing more than $800 million in resources to incentivize hundreds of thousands of drivers transition to battery EVs by 2025. bp pulse, bp’s EV charging brand and Uber partnered recently to offer London-based drivers on Uber’s platform access to special EV charging discounts; today’s announcement marks the first North American collaboration between the companies.
The City of Houston formed EVolve Houston, a coalition of sustainability-minded civic, business, and academic leaders who seek to accelerate clean transportation through electrification, and has established a goal of 30% electric vehicle adoption by 2030. By collaborating with government, academic, private industry, and community leaders, EVolve Houston’s goal is to improve regional air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Greater Houston area.
“This initiative is a testament to the City's leadership and the momentum EVs are gaining in the Energy Capital. It will take collaborations like these to continue improving air quality, exceeding emissions reduction targets, and working towards Houston’s 30 by 30 EV goal. EVolve Houston is rooted on the premise of partnership and we look forward to helping more organizations see the value of investing and electrifying in Houston,” said Chris George, Executive Director of EVolve Houston.
bp’s purpose is to reimagine energy for people and our planet. It has set out an ambition to be a net zero company by 2050, or sooner, and help the world get to net zero, and recently announced its strategy for delivering on that ambition. Partnering with countries, cities and corporations to provide innovative energy, mobility and decarbonization solutions as they shape their paths to net zero is a core part of bp’s long-term strategy. For more information visit bp.com.
Uber’s mission is to create opportunity through movement. We started in 2010 to solve a simple problem: how do you get access to a ride at the touch of a button? More than 15 billion trips later, we're building products to get people closer to where they want to be. By changing how people, food, and things move through cities, Uber is a platform that opens up the world to new possibilities. Visit here for more information on Uber’s zero-emissions mobility commitment.
About the Office of Sustainability
The City of Houston’s Office of Sustainability is responsible for implementing Mayor Turner’s commitment to reduce Houston’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The office manages the City’s internal sustainability and energy efficiency programs and, on April 22, 2020, released the Houston Climate Action Plan, a science-based, community-driven strategy for the City of Houston to reduce community-wide GHG emissions, meet the Paris Agreement goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, and lead a global energy transition. Visit www.greenhoustontx.gov for more information.