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Uber (NYSE: UBER)and Spain’s Wallbox N.V. (NYSE: WBX), a provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging and energy management solutions worldwide, have announced a strategic partnership to simplify the transition to EVs for ride share drivers using Uber in California’s Bay Area. The partnership aims to provide drivers using Uber with an affordable one-stop shop for home charging solutions.
As part of the collaboration, Wallbox will offer drivers with Uber a discounted package for a Wallbox charger, seamless installation and the option to finance the package.
The Bay Area was chosen for the pilot program as the majority of properties in the area are conducive to home charging, and the area is seeing a rise in the uptake of EVs.
If the pilot proves successful, the partnership will be rolled out to other regions in the U.S., Canada and globally.
The partnership is part of Uber’s recent commitment to becoming a 100% zero-emissions mobility platform in the U.S., Canada and Europe by 2030.
Douglas Alfaro, General Manager for Wallbox North America, says: “Demand for EVs is rapidly increasing here in the US. To help accelerate the transition to more sustainable transportation, we need to continue to make charging accessible. Uber is a tech company at the heart of transport here in California, so it was natural for us to team up with them to give drivers using the platform access to smart at-home solutions.”
Uber SVP of Mobility and Business Operations, Andrew Macdonald, adds: “Climate is a team sport and Uber is committed to doing our part to expedite the transition to zero-emissions mobility. Making electric vehicle charging solutions available at scale is essential to achieving our goals and we are excited to partner with Wallbox on this mission.”
Founded in 2015, with headquarters in Barcelona, Spain, Wallbox’s mission is to ‘facilitate the adoption of electric vehicles today to make more sustainable use of energy tomorrow’.
The company employs over 500 people in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.