Although not as popular in other parts of the world, electric cars are slowly but surely winning drivers’ trust and becoming more common on Australian roads. With new charging points installed monthly and incentives from public and private institutions encouraging early EV adoption, Australia is on the right path to joining the global EV revolution. It has become quite common for rideshare drivers to switch to electric cars and take advantage of all the benefits that come with it.
Driving an electric car for Uber can help you in many ways — it leaves more money in your pocket, you get plenty of benefits and discounts while having a smooth driving experience, and you get to enjoy Uber’s efforts in improving your experience as an EV driver.
If you’re still on the fence about driving an electric car for Uber, here are some reasons why you should make the switch.
Contrary to popular belief, driving an electric car can be cheaper than driving a traditional ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) car since you’re saving consistently both on fuel and maintenance.
Filling up your electric car can be up to 70% cheaper than filling your petrol car, depending on where and how you choose to charge your EV.
To get an idea of how much you can save, the Australian Electric Vehicle Council states that for 15,000 km driven, you spend around $2,160 on petrol, while for the same distance with an EV, you pay just $600 on electricity costs.
IMPORTANT: As most Uber drivers’ average is 500 – 1,000 km a week, this results in $52-$104 weekly savings.
By driving an EV, you’re also saving on regular maintenance. While servicing an EV can still be pricy compared to a petrol car, the good news is that you won’t need it that often. With fewer parts to break down, no internal combustion engine, no oil change and an extended battery warranty, your EV will require servicing less frequently compared to a petrol car.
Did you know? According to NSW Government, you’re expected to pay 40% less for EV maintenance than you usually pay for ICE vehicles.
Uber is a big supporter of the green revolution, aiming to have a fully electric fleet in Australia by 2040. One of the latest incentives was introducing Uber Green in Australia, allowing passengers to request rides in zero-emission vehicles for the same fares as UberX. This offers drivers in electric cars an advantage over drivers in ICE cars.
Uber also partnered with Splend to support drivers in buying an EV on a subscription plan.
SPLEND EXCLUSIVE: Sign up for a Polestar 2 or a Tesla Model Y on our Flexi own subscription plan, and you could be eligible for one of our 500 spots to receive a 50% reduction on Uber’s service fee until 30 June 2025.
Many public or private institutions offer EV drivers incentives to encourage EV adoption. One of NSW’s government actions was allowing all EVs (Electric Vehicles) to drive in T2 and T3 transit lanes, helping drivers to cut travel times. This is set to last until 31 October 2023.
EV drivers might also be eligible for discounts at charging stations. For example, NRMA, RACV, RACQ, RAA, RAC, and RACT members receive a 20% discount at Chargefox ultra-rapid charging sites. NRMA members can also use the insurer’s fast charging stations for free.
Charging network JOLT provides 7kWh free charging per day on their DC fast chargers for all drivers.
To help you get an inside perspective of what driving an EV for rideshare really means, we asked Anthony, one of our first drivers who decided to switch to an EV, how this move paid off for him. He switched to a Polestar 2 Long Range after driving a Toyota Camry for over four years, and he couldn’t be happier with his decision.
What I most love about this car is how cost-effective it turned out to be. I’m also very impressed with the finish of the car and the overall aesthetics. All in all, it’s a car with great features, with more than enough range for what I do as a rideshare driver.
Anthony admits that charging was his main concern before switching, but later discovered how many charging options he has in Sydney.
I plan on charging my car mostly at home, and then, depending on my trips and how my days turn out, I’ll use public charging stations. I love that the car maps out all the charging stations for you, making it even easier for me.
If you’re interested in switching to an electric car but don’t want to pay for it outright or commit to a car finance deal, our subscription plans are a hassle-free, flexible alternative to car finance.
Our plans cover everything rideshare drivers need to get on the road:
We also value performance and progress, so our team is there to help drivers succeed in everything they do. We offer dedicated support from day one and guide you to make a driving strategy and become a more profitable and successful rideshare driver.
We enable people to make money by driving for on-demand apps such as Uber.
We’re more than a car subscription provider. In addition to new-model cars and all the essentials to start earning money with Uber as quickly as possible, our customers enjoy driver training and dedicated support, as well as customer benefits such as partner discounts and exclusive events.
Drive an EV with an all-inclusive car subscription
Our flexible plans and Uber-approved cars make driving more accessible, without the hassle of car financing.