Tech company going green in China

The UberGreen initiative was confirmed over the weekend by Uber’s official Uber Wuhan account on Weibo.

The electric cars t be used for the initiative at the launch in Wuhan.

Reports have shown that Uber is going green in China with a deal to run hybrid electric cars in one Chinese city. The deal is between Uber, the Guangzhou Automobile brand, and a fleet company in the city of Wuhan, which will see ten hybrid cars hitting the streets of Wuhan in an experiment to see if commuters like the green vehicles.

Sources also say immediately after it rolls out to consumers, reportedly sometime this week, it’ll be called UberGreen.

The UberGreen initiative was confirmed over the weekend by Uber’s official Uber Wuhan account on Weibo.

Uber will use Guangzhou Automobile’s Trumpchi GA5 REV car (REV stands for range-extended EV), as pictured at Uber’s press event in the city, which features a small (1.0-liter, 45kw) petrol engine allied with an electric motor (31kw) and a battery pack.

The reports also shows that it can do 80 kilometers on pure electric, but with so little electrical power, it’ll probably be running in hybrid mode most of the time, which is also not a bad thing.

California-based Uber now operates in nine cities in mainland China since first launching in August 2013. Recently, Uber has been the target of police raids in several cities in mainland China, though its operations do not seem to have been affected by that at all.


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