Uber has partnered with BMW and Nissan to bring Johannesburg riders UberGREEN, 100% electric rides in an effort to reduce carbon emissions.
The transport sector accounts for 13% of CO₂ emissions in South Africa, making it the second largest emitter of CO₂ in the country₁. Every step towards finding ways to reduce carbon emissions from transport will go a long way towards countering CO₂ emissions. Uber, the innovative app that connects riders to drivers has partnered with BMW and Nissan to bring riders UberGREEN; a 100% electric ride, helping to reduce CO₂ emissions in Jozi.
UberGREEN is a pilot project taking place between 9 May and 3 June 2016 in Johannesburg. During the pilot, riders will be able to request a BMW i3 or Nissan LEAF electric vehicle, operated by Uber driver-partners in Johannesburg at uberX prices, helping provide a more sustainable trip at an affordable price. Woolworths WRewards members will be thrilled to know that they will among the first to have access to these vehicles for a limited period before the pilot officially opens to public.
“Woolworths is pleased to partner with Uber South Africa on the launch of UberGREEN. The fact that Uber is offering riders the opportunity to choose a carbon emission-free method of transport is in line with the principles of Woolworths’ Good Business Journey, so the collaboration was a natural fit” says Hannah Ross, Head of Customer Relationship Management at Woolworths.
“In a world where mobility adds to the carbon emission problem, we at Uber are eager to provide alternate options. Uber is passionate about making rides better and more sustainable and this partnership is a step towards making changes for the good of our environment,” says Alon Lits General Manager, Uber Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Department of Transport projects that energy demand for transportation will grow by 2.5% per year, between 1999 and 2020. This has placed a great challenge to the transport industry to drastically reduce emissions.
Tim Abbott, Managing Director, BMW Group South Africa says “In order for the momentum of electric mobility to increase partnerships like the one with Uber are essential to expose more consumers to the viability of electric vehicles and alternative mobility options”.
“We are excited that other like-minded auto companies are joining us in the electric vehicle revolution towards a sustainable future” adds Dudu Mwelase GM: Corporate Affairs Nissan South Africa.
Since international market launch at the end of 2013, close to 50 000 BMW i3’s have been sold. The BMW i3 was launched in South Africa in March 2015 and to date a 124 vehicles have been sold. The Nissan LEAF has sold close to 200 000 vehicle globally and as a result over 1 billion emission free kilometres have been driven. The Nissan LEAF is the first fully electric vehicle to market and was awarded the title of World Car of the Year in 2010.
Uber envisions a future where getting around is simpler, more accessible and more sustainable. We are excited to bring our Johannesburg riders UberGREEN,” concludes Lits.
As UberGREEN is in a trial phase and is only available between 7am and 7pm. The option may be restricted to some areas of Johannesburg, especially during rush hour
How this works
1. Open the Uber app between 9 May to 3 June 2016 (7am to & 7pm)
2. Select the UberGREEN option
3. Set your pickup location and request a ride as you normally would
Win a Poster Heater with Gadget and Takealot.com
This winter Gadget and Takealot.com are giving away three Poster Heaters, which look like posters but become heaters when you plug them in.
Three Gadget readers will each win a unit, valued at R550 each. To enter, follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter and tell us on the @GadgetZA account how many Watts the heater consumes.
What’s the big deal about these heaters? Many of us are struggling to keep the balance between soaring electricity costs and the need to keep warm this winter.
However, the recently launched Poster Heater by EasyHeat and distributed in South Africa by Takealot.com is not only one of the most cost effective electric heaters currently on the market, it is also easy to setup and use.
As the name indicates, it is a poster similar to one you would hang on a wall. But, plug it in and it turns into a 300 Watt heater. The Poster Heater isn’t designed to heat hallways or large rooms, but rather smaller ones like a bedroom or a baby’s nursery or a dressing room.
It uses radiant heating, which means that it heats up in a couple of minutes and the heat is directed at the objects or people around it, quickly taking the chill out of the air and providing a comfortable ambient temperature.
The other advantage of radiant heating is that it doesn’t dry out the air like infrared or gas heaters. Users also don’t have to worry about their children or pets getting too close to it because, even though it gets hot, it can be touched.
To enter the competition follow the steps below:
Competition entry details:
3. The competition closes on 31 July 2018.
4. Winners will be notified via Twitter on 1 August and Takealot.com will be in touch to organise delivery.
5. The competition is only open to South African residents.
Happy Emoji Day! Here’s 10 reasons to be cheerful
First created by Shigetaka Kurita in 1999, the emoji has become a huge part of everyday communication. Whether you love them or hate them, flying dollar bills, applauding hands and rolling eyes are here to stay.
Scientist suggest that the use of emojis will help us gain the same satisfaction from digital interactions as we enjoy from personal contact.
Almost two decades later, and we have over 2600 unique emojis to perfectly express what we feel, thank you Mr Kurita! Join HMD, the home of Nokia phones as we celebrate World Emoji Day on the 17th of July with these interesting emoji facts:
The most popular emoji used is “Person Shrugging”
1. The Nokia 3310 was chosen as one of the first 3 “National” emojis for Finland… it represents unbreakable!
2. South Africa’s favourite emoji is the “Kiss and wink”… how sweet SA!
3. French is the only language where a ‘smiley’ does not top the list for its use
4. On average, over 60 billion emojis are sent on Facebook every day
5. For the first time ever, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year was a pictograph! The “Face with Tears of Joy” was crowned word of the year in 2015
6. According to Emojipedia, some of the most requested emoji’s include afro, a bagel and hands making a heart
7. To include all races, a diversity pack was released in 2017
8. It has become so trendy that the Museum of Modern Art displays the original emoji collection on canvas
9. In 2009, Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick was completely translated into emoji’s