On Thursday, Ford made the announcement that it will begin testing a programme that would enable Uber drivers in some markets to lease electric vehicles on a weekly basis for use in the ride-hailing community.

The company has a test programme called Ford Travel, and it claims that it will showcase Mustang Mach-E models in San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. The programme in Los Angeles will begin on Thursday, and the other two cities will follow suit.

Drivers have the option of signing up for various lease terms ranging from one to four months, and the car they have leased is delivered within two weeks of signing up. When a Ford Travel application is used, both auto payments and company business are handled through the application, and vehicles are provided by a fleet that is solely dedicated to Ford Travel. The driver will be responsible for working up their own insurance plan, but there will also be regular maintenance involved.

Ford is testing a pilot programme with Uber using a Mustang Mach-E.

How much does it cost to operate a Ford EV each week?

Ford acknowledged to Ingreene Auto Reviews that prices may vary depending on the city, but the company did provide an estimate of where they will be located. People who sign up now will find that their weekly deliveries cost either $199 with 500 included miles or $249 with 1,000 included miles, with an additional charge of 20 cents per mile for any excess mileage.

Which is a better bargain than what Hertz had been giving on the Product 3 to Uber drivers, which was approximately $300 a week, despite the fact that there was insurance included.

At the moment, the Zero Emissions incentive offered by Uber is simply one of the many ways that the firm encourages drivers to switch to electric vehicles. At this time, it gives drivers an additional dollar for every electric vehicle trip made with Uber Rides, up to a maximum of four thousand dollars for each calendar year.

Uber claims that by the end of the year 2022, ten percent of the miles driven by its drivers in California will have been accomplished in fully electric vehicles. It is focusing on developing fully electric rides by the year 2030.

The software is an expansion of an earlier version that was deployed in 2022 by Ford Future in collaboration with Uber in San Diego, featuring 150 Mustang Mach-E vehicles. The Ford Next platform is a device that is geared towards emerging systems, such as the technology for driverless vehicles.

Ford Travel is collaborating with Uber on a test drive in a Mustang Mach-E.

Uber-ready BlueCruise is an option for assisted driving on the Mach-E.

In this regard, Ford Future has confirmed to Green Car Stories that all Mustang Mach-E vehicles that are shipped as a result of the programme will be capable of using BlueCruise. Customers have the option of selecting to activate the element if they so desire.

Uber claims that converting higher-mileage trip-hailing motorists to electrical results in four times the emissions-reduction advantage in comparison to that of the typical vehicle proprietor. Consequently, just as with the potential of getting petrol superusers into EVs, there is much more of a genuine-globe environmental return, sooner. It will also help lessen the impact on the environment that is caused by so-called “deadhead miles,” which refers to the amount of distance that drivers have to go in order to get to the beginning of a journey and from the end of it.

A report from earlier this year suggests that Uber is still working with unknown automakers on electric vehicles that are specifically designed for ride-hailing and shipping solutions. This is the case despite the fact that an eye-catching ride-hailing electric vehicle design from Arrival looks to have been discarded.