Uber is adding a “temporary fuel surcharge” to fares to help drivers pay for record high gas prices across the country, the company announced Friday. Rides customers pay a $0.45 or $0.55 surcharge for each Uber ride, and Eats customers pay $0.35 or $0.45 for each Uber Eats order, depending on their location. said Liza Winship, Uber’s head of driver operations in the US and Canada. , said in a blog post.
The full surcharge will be passed on to the drivers and it is intended that the surcharge will remain in effect for the next 60 days. However, Winship cautions that “we will continue to monitor gas prices and may make additional changes.” And this temporary fuel surcharge will even apply to rides or deliveries in an EV, “which we hope will serve as an additional incentive for drivers to switch to EVs in the future,” said Uber spokesman Harry Hartfield. The edge†
In her blog post, Winship listed some of the benefits of Uber electric vehicles, including increased revenue for drivers using battery-powered electric vehicles, a $6,000 discount on a Nissan Leaf, and discounts on some vehicle charging. But a fuel surcharge and EV benefits may not be enough to completely avoid the incentive of higher gas prices. As my colleague Andy Hawkins wrote today, electric cars are still out of reach for many due to things like supply chain constraints, low inventory and expensive prices. And because there are many reasons why gas prices have risen, including the Russian invasion of Ukraine, they may remain high for some time.