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Uber Announces Partnership with SUN Mobility to Deploy E-Autos in India

As part of the alliance, SUN Mobility will offer its unique energy infrastructure platform, which includes swappable smart batteries

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This partnership will be piloted across select cities in the coming months, Uber said. Pixabay

Ride-hailing giant Uber on Wednesday announced a partnership with SUN Mobility to deploy e-autos in India.

This partnership will be piloted across select cities in the coming months, Uber said.

As part of the alliance, SUN Mobility will offer its unique energy infrastructure platform, which includes swappable smart batteries and quick interchange stations to select original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for building e-autos.

Fleet owners and Uber’s driver partners will benefit because they can buy vehicles without the battery to save money on initial acquisition costs.

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Ride-hailing giant Uber on Wednesday announced a partnership with SUN Mobility to deploy e-autos in India. Flickr

They will receive charged, swappable batteries as a service by SUN Mobility, thereby helping bring the overall cost of e-autos in line with their internal combustion engine (ICE) counterpart.

“We are delighted to partner with SUN Mobility, an industry pioneer to try to usher in a wave of electric vehicles in the mass market category,” Pradeep Parameswaran, President Uber, India and South Asia, said in a statement.

“This is an important step forward in fulfilling our vision for creating a mobility ecosystem that is sustainable, provides cleaner air and helps build smarter cities across the region,” Parameswaran said.

SUN Mobility is a 50:50 joint venture between Maini Group and SUN Group, pioneers in areas of electric mobility and clean energy.

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The company was launched in April 2017 and is led by Chetan Maini, previously founder of Reva which was renamed Mahindra Electric, and Uday Khemka, Vice Chairman of SUN Group.

“Our mission is to give users a cost-effective and convenient energy infrastructure solution to accelerate the adoption of Evs,” said Maini, Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of SUN Mobility.

“Partnering with Uber, the leading global player in personal mobility, will help create a wide EV landscape at scale, that will transform the way people commute,” Maini said. (IANS)

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Uber Introduces New Feature to Prevent Driver Identity Fraud

"This new notification feature will remind people to complete these three steps every time they get in an Uber," Vaish added

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Photo shows an exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (VOA)

To prevent driver identity fraud, ride-hailing giant Uber on Tuesday said it will send in-app reminders and a push notification so that riders can match the license plate, car make and model, and the driver photo with what is provided in the app before getting into the car. The alert will go live on Tuesday and will progressively roll out nationwide in the days ahead, Uber said.

“Our goal is to make checking your ride before you get in the car synonymous with using Uber, every single time,” Pavan Vaish, Head of Central Operations, Uber – India and South Asia, said in a statement. “This new notification feature will remind people to complete these three steps every time they get in an Uber,” Vaish added.

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In addition to these steps, you can also ask the driver to confirm your name. Your driver sees your name in his app, and your driver’s name is displayed in your app. To safely exchange names, you can ask, “Who are you here to pick up?” The advisory further stresses upon not boarding the vehicle if the information in the app does not match up. (IANS)