Uber in pact with Sun Mobility to offer electric autos

Ride hailing company Uber Technologies and Bengaluru-based start-up Sun Mobility will partner to offer commuters in India electric auto-rickshaws in the coming months.

Uber already allows riders in India to book the three-wheeled vehicles.

Sun Mobility, led by Chetan Maini, who pioneered electric cars in India with the Reva, and Uday Khemka, vice-chairman of the Sun Group, will offer charged swappable batteries as a service to fleet owners and Uber’s driver partners, under the partnership.

India’s government is trying to boost the adoption of electric vehicles to lower oil imports and curb air pollution.

Reuters had reported last month that India plans to order taxi aggregators like Uber and local rival Ola to convert 40 percent of their fleet of cars to electric by April 2026.

Uber did not divulge details on the number of electric rickshaws that would be deployed or the cities it would target.