Al-Futtaim Electric Mobility Company and Uber sign regional agreement

The number of electric and hybrid vehicles available with Uber in the MENA region is set to rise.  Al-Futtaim Electric Mobility Company, the region’s leading new energy vehicle provider, and Uber, the world’s largest ride-hailing platform, have signed an important strategic agreement that will benefit both passengers and drivers and make a significant contribution to the region’s strategic sustainability goals. 

The deal will enable drivers to choose a wide selection of electric and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles which can then be booked on Uber’s platform. Each EV and PHEV ride contributes to a considerable reduction in carbon emissions, making sustainable travel a reality for all.

Additionally, Al-Futtaim Electric Mobility Company will expand charging infrastructure, making it easier for EV drivers to provide rides on Uber. This development supports Uber’s commitment to having 25% of kilometers driven on its platform in Dubai be emission-free by 2026.

The partnership includes access to dedicated ‘fast-charging fleet hubs’ through Charge2Moov by Al-Futtaim, ensuring that EV drivers on Uber can continue to provide rides with minimal downtime. The collaboration will be implemented in the region, supporting electrification and zero-emission targets, and promoting sustainable transportation solutions throughout the region.

The partnership memorandum of understanding was signed in the presence of Omar Al Futtaim, Vice-Chairman and CEO of Al-Futtaim Group and Dara Khosrowshahi, Global CEO of Uber.

Pictured left to right: Frans Hiemstra, MEA Regional General Manager, Uber; Dara Khosrowshahi, Global CEO of Uber; Omar Al Futtaim, Vice-Chairman and CEO of Al-Futtaim Group; Hasan Nergiz, Managing Director, Al-Futtaim Electric Mobility Company.

“Our partnership with the world’s largest ride-hailing company is truly a momentous milestone. We understand that the power of electrification lies in its scale. Transitioning large volumes of cars and kilometers driven to greener mobility at once delivers a substantial decrease in carbon emissions; it’s about leveraging the collective shift for significant environmental benefit. We are proud to have Uber as a partner in driving this collective shift forward,” said Hasan Nergiz, Managing Director, Al-Futtaim Electric Mobility Company.

Al-Futtaim Electric Mobility Company represents some of the most important new energy vehicle brands, including BYD, the leading company in the space worldwide.  

Frans Hiemstra, MEA Regional General Manager, Uber, added: “Uber is racing to electrify its platform and leading the charge around the world. With more than 145,000 drivers making the switch and EV ride options available in 200 cities, Uber is now the most widely available electric car network globally. Our partnership with Al-Futtaim Electric Mobility Company will help us speed up our efforts in the region, bringing thousands more EVs onto the Uber platform and providing drivers with much-needed access to charging infrastructure.”

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