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Electron Automotive Review: Hybrid Battery Replacement

 

 

This post is a Review of Electron Automotive. Electron Automotive is a full service repair facility specializing in hybrid and electric vehicles. For the Uber driver or really anyone that is looking to buy or repair a hybrid battery I hope this post finds you some solace.

I spoke with Chris Nosalek (the Founder of Electron Automotive) about Electron Automotive, and got some helpful information about Hybrid Battery Replacements and repairs. I was also able to do some independent research on the company.

 
Service Availability
Electron Automotive services all 50 states (they sell and ship to any of the 50 states in the U.S). Electron Automotive also has a Full Service Auto Repair facility in Southern California.  For international customers, you are welcome to buy from Electron Automotive; however, you would have to handle any export outside of the U.S on your own.

 
Types of Cars or Batteries Serviced
According to Chris, Electron Automotive services all models of Hybrid and Full Electric Cars; however, “a large majority of their battery sales are for the Toyota brands (Prius, Prius V, Prius C, Highlander, Camry, etc.) and Hondas (Civic, Accord)”.

 
Difference from Competition

Per my research and discussion with Chris, this is what I can say about how they differ with their competitors.

  1. Quality: Electron Automotive has a patent pending process that allows for highly optimized battery testing equipment which returns precise and accurate measurements. This testing equipment allows Electron Automotive accurately predict life expectancies of their electric batteries, and set Warranty periods they are confidently able to stand by.
  2. DIY Support: Electron Automotive (see their website), offers a number of do it yourself videos for the more handy customers who don’t mind installing their batteries themselves.
  3. Service: Per their previous customers, they provide high quality service. They even offer complimentary inspections with photos and videos in their Southern California location.
  4. ASE Certified Technicians – Electron Automotive employs a team of ASE Certified Technicians – which means their technicians are qualified to work on every mechanical, electrical component and system in a vehicle. Chris the owner also once taught at a local college, and all of his technicians were once his students.

 
Shipping Time
For shipped batteries, shipping takes anywhere from 3 to 5 days; however, you can pay for expedited shipping and get your batteries in 1 to 2 days.

Toyota Prius Hybrid Battery Replacement

 
Warranty
Electron Automotive has a wide range of pricing options: They offer 1,2,3,4 & 5 Year Warranty batteries for most hybrid battery models which allows a customer to choose the best value based on their needs and budget.

 
Return Policy
Electron automotive allows returns for bad batteries, with warranties (they just need diagnostic confirmation that the issue is indeed a bad battery). Per Chris their battery failure rate is about 2.75% for the low end batteries, and for the higher end batteries, they have a near 100% success rate.

 
Price
The most common batteries are $1,200 on the low end to $2,200 on the high end; however, they have some cheaper batteries depending on the specific car, and hybrid battery that is being serviced or replaced.  In addition to the afore-mentioned, Electron Automotive offers bulk or volume discounts to customers who buy in bulk. Just reach out to their customer service, and they should be able to offer you a deal.

 
What to Expect After Purchase
Per Chris, Electric batteries typically require no service per say. Some battery models require the battery cooling fans to be cleaned every few years, and that is about it.

Per Hybrid Battery Replacement Frequency, for the average driver (that drives 10,000 miles per year), a new high end hybrid battery has a life expectancy of about 10 years. For an Uber driver however, the replacement frequency is higher – you might need to replace your battery every 3 to 4 years.  Note- the low end batteries are expected to last 2 years, for the average hybrid battery.

 
Warning on Cell Swapping
Also, a final word of warning, if you are considering “Cell Swapping” as a cost saving measure as opposed to replacing your Hybrid Electric Battery:  When a hybrid battery initially fails, and the deficient cell is replaced; always remember that its sister cells are about the same age as the cell that failed. Battery cells in the same hybrid battery typically have the same life expectancy, and as such cell swapping often comes with a never-ending cycle of repairs.

 
My Opinion
Overall Electron Automotive , offers high quality hybrid battery replacement services to their customers, at competitive prices. They also offer warranties/return policies that are also competitive. I would just advise any full time Uber driver with a hybrid car (Prius etc.)  to go for their higher end batteries, so you don’t end up having to change your battery after just a couple of months. With their higher end battery you are at least unlikely to need a battery until after 4 years, if you are a full time Uber driver doing 40,000 or more miles per year.

 
Special Offer/ Readers Only Coupon
For Uberkit.net readers, we were able to get a special discount code for our readers. Use the discount code “UBERKIT” to get $50 off your purchase or service order at Electron Automotive when you speak with their customer service representatives.

 

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Top Uber Competitors in France

 

As the largest app based taxi hailing service in the world, Uber is faced with new competition every day. In France, the rideshare giant has experienced stiff competition from both the government and local taxi drivers. Uber’s service UberPOP was banned by the French government due to the unfair competition it posed to local taxi drivers. The UberPOP service allowed non-professional drivers to drive with Uber, and when they were fined by authorities, Uber stepped in and paid the fines. Also, an anti-uber protest against Uber quickly escalated into guerrilla warfare with local taxis as some French Uber drivers saw their cabs damaged or even set on fire. Uber Competitors in France

There are also a rising number of Uber competitors in France. Uber in France is dealing with competition posed by new entrants into France’s rideshare market. Despite these odds, Uber remains determined to operate in the country. In this post, we will review top Uber competitors in France.

 

Top Uber Competitors in France

 

LeCab

According to the company website, LeCab was created on a simple idea: “give Paris an alternative to taxis and personal cars.” LeCab provides chauffeur services with a fleet of eco-friendly Peugeot 508 sedans. These vehicles are equipped with e-hdi technology that reduce gas consumption by 15% and also restarts 40% faster than other vehicles. LeCab launched in Paris but is now available in over 20 cities in France.

 

Heetch

Launched in 2013, this company operates by using the Uber business model. However, rides are only available between 8pm and 6am. Drivers and riders can negotiate ride fares suggested by the app and arrive at a satisfactory fare. This has made the service very quite popular in Paris.

Heetch is said to record about 50,000 rides a week and counting.

 

Taxify

Taxify is one of many rideshare companies trying to outrival Uber globally. Launched in Estonia in 2013, Taxify has received investments from companies like Didi Chuxing and Apple. As of November 2017, Taxify operates in 20 countries and 30 cities world-wide. Just like Uber, the service operates by connecting riders with the best local drivers at the best prices. In October, 2017, Taxify launched its service in Paris. The company will be taking just 15 percent off each ride fare in a bid to attract new drivers and riders.

 

Le Taxi

This government backed ride-hailing service allows users request local taxis via an app. Using geolocation technology, the app pools the whereabouts of all French taxis into a database giving riders the platform for electronic ride-hailing. The app was developed by the French government to give local cab drivers a chance to compete fairly in the rideshare space.

 

Chauffeur privé

This is Uber’s fiercest rival in France at the moment. The company was founded in 2011 and is wholly indigenous. Riders can book rides up to 30 minutes ahead, win loyalty rewards and ride fares are fixed with no surge rates or suggested prices. The app currently boasts over 1.5million people on the platform with over 18,000 drivers operating in Paris, Lyon, and Côte d’Azur. In a recent development, Mercedes Benz maker Daimler acquired Chauffeur privé by buying a majority stake in the company. With this new investment, Chauffeur privé hopes to be the leading rideshare service in France.

 

 

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What To Know About Embark Self-Driving Trucks

 

It’s been said over and over again; autonomous cars are the future. This has prompted many vehicle manufactures to initiate plans that will help them compete fairly in the future. The automotive world is changing and less people want to actually own cars. Ride share has become a global phenomenon and interest is shifting towards self-driving vehicles.

The merits of self driving vehicles far outweigh concerns raised by critics. There is a great need to reduce accidents caused by human error and dependency. Is this technology perfect? Not at all, but the Embark Self-Driving Truckshope is that it will help reduce car accidents.  America’s $700 billion-a-year trucking industry is also undergoing a revamp with trucking companies embracing autonomous technology and incorporating it in their trucks. In this post, we will shed some light on Embark, a self-driving trucking startup.

 

More about Embark Self-Driving Trucks

 

Embark self-driving truck is a startup known to operate a long route of automated freight using a large fleet of trucks. In 2017, the company raised $15 million in a Series A funding. The fund will be utilized for acquiring new talents to join the company’s team and also to increase the number of trucks on the road. Embark’s trucks are equipped with autonomous technology that focus on driving on the freeway while the drivers will handle driving within the city.

According to the company, the aim is not to eliminate humans entirely but to reduce human dependency and makeup for the shortage of qualified truck drivers. This will also reduce the strain on truck drivers who no longer have to drive all the routes.

In February of 2018, Embark completed a coast to coast trip of 2,400 miles from Los Angeles to Jacksonville. The truck had a safety driver behind the wheel to take over if the need arises. Due to the presence of said driver, the truck had to make scheduled stops which made the trip last a total of 5 days. Embark is hopeful that the trip would last 2 days in normal circumstances.

The company is growing and hopes to acquire about 40 trucks to boost services by year end.

 

Conclusion

The emergence of self-driving trucks is a welcome development that will greatly reduce the strain on truck drivers. These trucks drive thousands of miles cross-country regularly; this can begin to take a toll on drivers.

In 2016, rideshare giant Uber launched “the world’s first Self-Driving” taxis in Pittsburgh which received mostly positive reviews. The company later moved on from taxis to self-driving trucks by acquiring trucking company Otto. The face of trucking is changing and drivers have less work to do if the autonomous technology is fully incorporated. Now, the trip can be shared between drivers and the self driving technology these trucks are equipped with. This is a win-win for everyone; humans still get to keep their jobs and the trucking companies have better control over their fleet and human resources.

 

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Uber Elevate – Flying Taxis To Become A Reality

 

There is a reason why Uber continues to dominate the transportation industry; and not just because it’s a pioneer in the rideshare industry or the impressive number of drivers signed up under the Uber service. Uber remains a force to be reckoned with due to its continuous ability to evolve while introducing new variants of rideshare. Uber’s services range from the mid-tier UberX service to UberBLACK – the most expensive and classiest service with black high-end vehicles. Between these services are the UberXL – the 6 passenger version of UberX; UberSELECT – the service that sits between the UberX and the UberBLACK services; then the UberSUV – which is the 6 passenger version of UberBLACK. In some markets, Uber introduced customized services to meet the unique transport problems peculiar to those cities. In densely populated cities like India, you will find UberGO; a chauffeur driven hatchback.

Now, Uber is set to launch electric VTOL aircrafts by 2020 and will pilot this service in three cities: Dallas, Dubai and Los Angeles. According to the company’s website, “urban air transportation will use three-dimensional airspace to alleviate transportation congestion on the ground. A network of small, electric aircraft that take off and land vertically.”

 

What to know About This service

  • The service is called Uber Elevate
  • VTOL aircraft means Vertical Take-off and Landing
  • Uber signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA that will design an air control system that will manage these “flying taxis”.
  • These aircrafts will utilize electric propulsion to eliminate noise and pollution associated with other commercial aircrafts
  • Possibly autonomous flying taxis
  • Uber is making strategic partnerships to bring this vision to life
  • Uber is aspiring to ensure that riding with VTOL aircrafts will be inexpensive and even cheaper than owning a car.

 

How Uber Elevate Might Work

  • A passenger books a flight via the Uber app
  • Get to a sky port on the roof of a building closest to you
  • Then you will be ushered along with all waiting passengers into the waiting aircraft

 

What we think

It is obvious that these plans are not cast in stone. There will be improvements and eliminations during the design and launch process of Uber elevate. However, it is exciting to imagine the prospect of bypassing the crazy LA traffic and flying across town in a couple of minutes. The merits are impressive; think shorter travel time, cleaner environments and a smarter way to travel.

The possibility of these aircrafts being autonomous might not be well received. It seems very unlikely that a lot of people will allow themselves to be flown by a fully autonomous aircraft.

For now, we will be flying in piloted airplanes and weaving through traffic while we wait and see what Uber will birth come 2020.

 

 

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Drive With Uber In Oregon

 

Amidst advocating for laws that will allow it operate anywhere in the state of Oregon, Uber is currently the largest rideshare company operating in the state. To drive with Uber in Oregon means an opportunity to earn good money on your own schedule. You are your own boss.  Uber in oregon

Are you convinced yet to drive with Uber in Oregon? Then follow the steps below:

 

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

To become an Uber driver in Oregon, you will need to meet certain requirements first of which is the age factor. You have to be at least 21 years old. If you meet this requirement, please proceed to fulfill the steps listed below:

 

STEP 1 – Get your Documents Ready

  • A valid Oregon driver’s license
  • Drivers aged 21 or 22 must have (at minimum) 3 years of valid licensing in the USA
  • Drivers aged 23 (and up) must have at least one year of valid licensing in the USA
  • Drivers must provide valid Oregon driver’s license
  • Vehicle registration documents
  • Drivers must obtain a free Sole Proprietorship Business License
  • Vehicle insurance document (if you already have a car you intend to use)
    • You (driver) must be the holder, or at least a listed driver
    • Ensure the vehicle registration number is listed
    • Must clearly show a valid expiration date
  • A photograph of you (the driver). It must be a clear headshot.
  • You must also pass the vehicle inspection test

Please Note:

It is essential to upload very clear pictures (jpg format typically has the least issues) in which all of the numbers and information on the pictures are very visible.  The name on the documents must match your official birth name and the name you provide on the Uber signup page.

 

STEP 2 – Signup Online

Once you have all of these documents, the next step is to sign up through the Uber website – using our link: www.uberkit.net/signup. (You get a signup bonus if you use our link, which has our signup referral code already pre-populated).

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STEP 3 – Wait for Uber Background Checks

Uber will typically take two weeks to perform their background checks. Specifically they will take the documents provided in Step 1, and do the following.

  • A Criminal History Check
  • A Driving History Check

 

STEP 4 – Get an Uber Approved Car

As for the vehicle to use, you need to make sure it fits the car requirements specifically for Uber drivers in Oregon (or your specific city). Note – Uber has various services, so you should know which service you are interested in before buying a car (if you do not have one). See the section below on “Selecting an Uber service” for more information on that. Some of these requirements include the fact that the car should be no older than 10 years (A model 2006 or later). The car should also have no major cosmetic damage.

Salvaged or rebuilt vehicles cannot be used, and full-size vans or marked vehicles such as taxis are a no-no, too.

 

What to Do if Your Vehicle Does Not Fit Uber Requirements

Keep in mind, there is no need to give up, if your personal vehicle does not fit the requirements that are necessary for an Uber vehicle—in fact, many people tend to invest in a new car before becoming professional Uber drivers.

However, I would recommend not going overboard when you are purchasing a new car to be used as an Uber vehicle. It is a good idea to select an average but sturdy car that is not a particularly new or fancy model but fits Uber’s car requirements. Note – See the “Nice to Know” section below for due diligence you should probably do, before buying a car specifically for Uber.

 

Selecting an Uber Service

Another thing to keep in mind when you are selecting a car is which category of Uber you wish to work under. Uber in Oregon offers 7 Uber services, UberX, UberXL, UberSUV, UberSELECT and UberPEDAL, UberASSIST, UberWAV.

UberX is the mid-tier cost Uber service, and it also gets the most patronage from Uber passengers across the globe for this reason. This is the category I would recommend starting out with.UberX requires an everyday car such as a Toyota Prius, Honda Accord, Mazda3 or Mazda6, Honda Civic, Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Cruz, etc. UberXL is the larger form of UberX and sits up to 6 passengers. The UberSELECT is a premium service which requires driver service and vehicle quality to be “first-class.

UberSUV is also a premium service that sits up to 6 passengers as well. With UberPEDAL, riders request vehicles that have a bike rack attached to it. With UberASSIST and UberWAV, passengers are provided with vehicles that are wheelchair accessible.

 

STEP 5 –Interview

Once you have completed the preceding steps, you will be able to go in to the Uber office for an interview, for which you should make sure you have sufficient street and route knowledge regarding your area/city. You should be dressed professionally for this interview.

If you pass the interview, you will be invited for a training session at a specific date, after which your vehicle’s documents will be checked, and you will officially become an Uber driver and/or Uber partner.

You will also receive an Uber-issued cell phone which will have the Uber application installed on it to allow you to get clients. However, if you wish to use your own smartphone, it is perfectly fine to return the cell phone.

 

Fares

UberX
Base Fare: $1.25
Per Minute: $0.20
Per Mile: $1.15
Cancellation Fee: $5
Service Fee: $1.35

 

UberXL
Base Fare: $2
Per Minute: $0.25
Per Mile: $1.95
Cancellation Fee: $7
Service Fee: $1.35

 

UberSELECT
Base Fare: $6
Per Minute: $0.55
Per Mile: $2.75
Cancellation Fee: $10
Service Fee: $1.35

 

UberPEDAL
Base Fare: $6.25
Per Min: $0.20
Per Mile: $1.15
Cancellation Fee: $10
Service Fee: $1.35

 

UberASSIST
Base Fare: $1.25
Per Minute: $0.20
Per Mile: $1.15
Cancellation Fee: $5
Service Fee: $1.35

UberWAV
Base Fare: $1.25
Per Minute: $0.20
Per Mile: $1.15
Cancellation Fee: $5
Service Fee: $1.35

 

Nice to Know

If you want to become an Uber driver/partner in Oregon, it is necessary to be aware of the fact that you will be forking over a certain amount of money to pay for fuel.

In addition to the afore-mentioned you have other costs like car maintenance, insurance costs, car depreciation, and uber royalties. If you are looking to do proper due diligence before acquiring a car and want to assess the profitability of Uber as a business whether as a one man business (a sole Uber driver), or as an Entrepreneur with multiple Uber cars in his/her fleet, then either of our Uber Kits at the top right of the linked page:

That sums up everything you need to know to start your Uber business in Oregon.

 

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Drive with Uber in Orlando, Florida

 

To drive with Uber in Orlando is not a complicated process. It requires completing some necessary steps within a reasonable period of time to make you eligible to drive with Uber in Orlando, Florida.  See the steps in detail below:

 

The ‘Age-Factor’

Before you can drive with Uber in Orlando – Florida, you must know that Uber takes its age policy pretty seriously. This age policy varies for different cities. To join Uber as a driver in Orlando, you have to be at least 21 years old. If you meet this requirement, please proceed to fulfil the steps listed below: Schedule a ride

 

STEP 1 – Ready Your Documents

 

  • Must have a photo (clear headshot)
  • Drivers aged 21 or 22 must have (at minimum) 3 years of valid licensing in the USA
  • Drivers aged 23 (and up) must have at least one year of valid licensing in the USA
  • Drivers must provide valid FL driver’s license
  • Drivers must pass a screening process (details below)
  • Drivers must have an accepted vehicle (check below for additional info)
  • A TNC License.
  • At some point during registration, you would also have to take your car through vehicle inspection at an Uber-approved auto shop or Uber activation centre in your area
  • Vehicle insurance document (if you already have a car you intend to use)
  • You (driver) must be the holder of the above, or at least a listed driver
  • Ensure the vehicle registration number is listed
  • Documents must clearly show a valid expiration date

 

Note-It is essential to upload very clear pictures (jpg format typically has the least issues) in which all of the numbers and information on the pictures are very visible.  The name on the documents must match your official birth name and the name you provide on the Uber signup page.

 

STEP 2 – Signup

After you have gathered these documents and met the above requirements, you can move to the next step which is to signup online. The documents that you have gathered are what you would have to submit online. You can go here to sign up with our special referral link. This link redirects to the Uber official signup page.

 

STEP 3 – Uber Background Check and On-Boarding Process

The process is provided by a third-party system called Checkr, which will contact you directly. You can look into the status of your application here: applicant.checkr.com). Typically, it will take between 2 to 4 weeks to perform the background checks. Specifically they will take the documents provided in Step 1 and do the following.

  • A comprehensive criminal background check
  • Check to see if you have a clean driving record (to be sure that your license has never been revoked for any reason).

Subsequently, you will be tested on all of the general knowledge that Uber drivers are expected to have. You can prepare for this by asking already-employed Uber drivers for advice on what you should know for these tests. It is expected that as an aspiring Uber driver in Orlando, you should have great knowledge of the routes in Orlando without relying a great deal on maps. This knowledge is a must have for every intending Uber driver. After these tests, there will be a few more interviews and some onboarding sessions.

 

STEP 4 – Get an Uber Approved Vehicle

It is important to note that Uber has various services which require different types of vehicles. You should decide on which of the services you are interested in before buying a car (if you do not have one). See the section below on “Selecting an Uber Service” for more information. Your car will be rejected if it has major cosmetic damage or it is salvaged (was involved in a major accident and had to be fixed with parts from other vehicles or rebuilt). There might be some extra requirements (besides the general) depending on the type of Uber service you choose.

 

Selecting an Uber Service

Selecting an Uber service is largely dependent on figuring out which one of the available services you can afford. You have a choice between the non-commercial UberX, UberXL and UberSELECT. These services are the lower level services with more commuters – since they are affordable.

UberX is the mid-tier priced Uber service, and it also gets the most patronage from Uber passengers across the globe for this reason. This is the category I would recommend starting out with. UberSELECT can be found in the same class as the UberX services but it is a step above the UberX. UberSELECT vehicles are classy entry level luxury cars (but not as nice as UberBLACK vehicles). Drivers in this service have ratings of 4.75 and above.

UberXL is the 6 passenger version of UberX. It is dominated by inexpensive but nice vehicles that can carry more passengers than the UberX. You can say it is the larger version of the UberX service. Riders who request this service would typically be picked up in vehicles like these: Honda pilot, Toyota Sienna, Chevrolet Traverse, Dodge Durango, Dodge Gran.

 

What to Do if Your Vehicle Does Not Fit Uber Requirements

If your personal vehicle does not fit the requirements that are necessary for an Uber vehicle, it’s not a problem. You do not necessarily have to buy a fancy new car – a used car that meets the requirements of your selected service should do. However, many people tend to invest in a new car before driving professionally with Uber in Orlando. This isn’t a bad idea if you have the funds. Please see the “Nice to Know” section below for due diligence you should probably carry out if you intend to buy a car specifically for Uber. You also have the option of renting an Uber Car through recommended Uber Rental Partners. You can find out more once you begin the online registration process here: SIGNUP ONLINE.

 

Uber Orlando Rates & Prices:

The current rates for Orlando services are as follows:

UberX
Base Fare: $1
Per Minute: $0.11
Per Mile: $0.65
Cancellation Fee: $5
Service Fee: $1.85

UberXL
Base Fare: $3
Per Minute: $0.20
Per Mile: $1.15
Cancellation Fee: $5
Service Fee: $1.85

UberSELECT
Base Fare: $3
Per Minute: $0.30
Per Mile: $1.65
Cancellation Fee: $10
Service Fee: $1.85

 

STEP 5 – Uber Cell Phone

Once you have completed the preceding steps, you will have an option to receive an Uber-issued cell phone which will have the Uber driver application installed on it to give you access to Uber riders. However, if you wish to use your own smart phone, that is perfectly fine. You can read more on how to download the Uber driver app here

 

Nice to Know

If you want to drive with Uber in Orlando, Florida, it is important to know that you will have to bear the cost of car related expenses like fuel, car maintenance, insurance costs, car depreciation, Uber royalties and other maintenance related expenses.

 

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Follow these steps highlighted below and you are well on your way to becoming an Uber driver in Orlando.

 

 

 

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How To Book Uber Without An App In India

 

Ride hailing giant Uber continues to devise innovative ways to connect passengers with rides seamlessly. Previously, passengers could only book Uber via the Uber app but Uber in India is changing all that. By introducing ‘Dial an Uber’ and ‘Request a Ride for Others’, the taxi aggregator will simplify how Indian commuters use Uber. This way, passengers can book an Uber without even downloading the Uber app on their phones. Book Uber

Let’s explore these two (2) features individually:

 

Book Uber through “Dial an Uber”

With this feature that allows Uber in India commuters “Dial an Uber”, customers can book a ride through Uber’s mobile website by simply keying their phone numbers for authentication. The login page immediately requests your 10 digit Indian mobile number. After entering your number, you then click continue and go on to book an Uber.

The Dial an Uber feature is available across all 29 cities where it operates in India. Testing for this feature in India began in August of 2016. Passengers can access this feature by visiting dial.uber.com website on their phone. There is no need to create an account and passengers can pay using cash at the end of the trip.

 

Request a Ride for Others

Request a ride for others will allow customers book Uber for someone else. To facilitate the process, Uber will allow the customer who is booking the cab for someone else to share the rider’s phone number and location with the driver. In the meanwhile the rider will get the driver’s phone number via a text message.

Speaking on the launch of these features,  deccanchronicle reported that Apurva Dalal, head of engineering, Uber India stated to the Mint, “We are excited to launch Dial an Uber and Request a Ride For Others for riders in India. Designed to offer simple and more convenient ways to book a ride, these India-first innovations are testament to Uber’s focus on using its technological prowess to make mobility reliable and accessible for everyone.”

India is a huge market for Uber. As the ride sharing giant continues to battle it out with its fierce rival Ola, introducing these new features will help boost patronage.

 

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All About Car-Sharing Company – ZipCar

 

The ridesharing industry continues to grow with the influx of new players offering varying forms of car-share services. Zipcar is a car hailing service that is trying to carve a niche for itself in the rideshare industry. zipcar

 

What is Zipcar?

Zipcar is an American online car share company that allows customers reserve automobiles as needed either on an hourly or daily basis. Zipcar works like a car rental but without the long waits and bureaucracy. The company was founded in the year 2000 by Antje Danielson and Robin Chase. However, in March 14, 2013, Zipcar was acquired by Avis Budget Group for about US$ 500 million in cash. In 2016, Zipcar boasted 1 million members across 500 cities and 9 countries it operates in.

 

Signup Process

Customers can request and reserve cars either online or by downloading the Zipcar app. If you signup online, you will have to wait till you receive your Zipcard in the mail before you can drive. The process is simpler when you sign-up through the app. By keying in required details, you can get to driving in a matter of minutes

You can sign up as:

An Individual – Be sure to have your driver’s license and payment info on hand

Company/Organization – You can either create a new company account or join an existing company account

University – Search for your school and sign up as a student, staff member or introduce Zipcar to your school

 

How Zipcar Works

  • Sign up via the app or online
  • Find a zipcar and reserve it as needed (You can request from 1 hour – 7days)
  • When it’s time for your reservation, you can unlock the car with your Zipcard or the Zipcar app. The keys will be inside the car.
  • You can extend the reserve time either through the app or by text message
  • Drop off your Zipcar in the designated parking spot and lock the car with the app or Zipcard

 

Rates

The rates below applies to the city of Atlanta in the U.S. See the various driving plans available in the city of Atlanta:

 

  • Occasional Driving Plan

What does it cost to join?

  • You pay a one-time $25 application fee.
  • Your annual fee of $70.
  • No deposit
  • No monthly commitment

What does it cost to drive?

Depending on the car model, drive from $8.75/hour and $79/day (any 24-hour period) during the week and $9/hour and $89/day on Friday through Sunday. Gas, insurance and up to 180 FREE miles are included.

Can I change my plan?

If you change to an Extra Value Plan within your first three months, your annual fee will be applied to the first month’s commitment of the plan you choose.

What about housemates or family?

Once you join, you can add other drivers to your account. It’s $25 to apply. There’s a $35 annual fee.

 

  • Monthly Driving Plan

What does it cost to join?

  • A membership fee of $7/month.
  • $25 application fee.
  • No deposit

What does it cost to drive?

  • Depending on the car model, drive from $8.75/hour and $79/day (any 24-hour period).
  • Gas, insurance and up to 180 FREE miles are included.

Can I change my plan?

You can change to an annual Occasional Value Plan or Extra Value Plan at any time.

What about housemates or family?

Once you join, you can add other drivers to your account. It’s $25 to apply and a $3.50 monthly fee.

 

  • EVP (Extra Value Plan $50)

What does it cost to join?

  • You pay a one-time $25 application fee.
  • Pre-pay $50 (your monthly commitment) and get that much in driving. Once your stash is used up, you pay as you go.
  • Whatever you don’t use will not rollover to the next month with this plan.
  • No deposit

 

What does it cost to drive?

Depending on the car model, drive from $7.88/hour and $71.10/day (any 24-hour period) during the week and $8.10/hour and $80.10/day on Friday through Sunday. Gas, insurance and up to 180 FREE miles are included.

Can I change my plan?

You may change up to another Extra Value Plan at any time. You may change down to another plan one time within six months, but after that you may be assessed a $25 change fee.

What about housemates or family?

Once you join, you can add other drivers to your account. It’s $25 to apply. You share the monthly commitment.

This sums up what you need to know about Car sharing start-up- Zipcar.

 

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Uber Slashes Fares In Kenya to Compete With Safaricom’s Little Cab

 

Uber slashed its prices in Mombasa just a few days after Little Cab, which is owned by safaricom, launched its cab hailing service in the Kenyan city.

 

Little About Little Cab

Safaricom is the biggest company in East and Central Africa and the leading mobile network operator in Kenya.Little Cab The company’s looming presence in Mombasa is enough to prompt Uber into a turf war with Little Cab. Little Cab (now Little) first launched into the rideshare market in July 2016. The service started its campaign from the capital city of Nairobi at the time Uber was just settling in the city.

Dealing a mammoth blow to Uber, Little Cab announced that riders can pay fares using M-PESA in addition to the cash and debit card payment options provided for using this service. M-Pesa is Kenya’s top mobile-phone based financial service. It is the favoured mobile money service developed by Safaricom with 70% market share out of the14.2 million active mobile money users in Kenya. All these details peg Little Cabs as a worthy Uber rival.

 

What Got Cut?

Uber’s base fare was cut so low. The present cost is put at KSh50 which indicates about 40% slash compared to the former KSh80. Uber has also slashed its minimum fare from KSh250 to KSh150.

 

Pricing Comparison and Why Slashing is Necessary

While Uber charges as low as Ksh150 as minimum fare, Little Cab, on the other hand charges a minimum fare of KSh270 and currently has no set base fare. This pocket-friendly price makes Uber the preferred option for taxi hailing services in Mombasa.

With the launch of Little Cab’s USSD platform that allows users without smartphones to hail a cab, the rock bottom pricing is a little bit necessary for Uber to stay in the race to dominate Kenyan rideshare space. This is obviously not the first time Uber is using rate cuts to encourage passengers to use the service. For the ride hailing giant, being affordable and remaining the price to beat is a reliable way to make things difficult for any competitor, in this case, Safaricom.

 

 

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Drive With Uber in San Diego

 

Are you looking to drive with Uber in San Diego? Then, look no further as you have come to the right place. This post will provide you with city specific information to get you started on your journey to driving with Uber in San Diego. We will look at a couple of stages in the signup process. Please follow the steps below:

 

Uber in San Diego

How To Drive With Uber In San Diego

Don’t Forget the ‘Age-Factor’

Before we go on to give detailed steps to aid your decision to drive with Uber in San Diego, you must know that of the many important policies that Uber takes seriously, age is the most imperative and it varies for different cities. You need to be at least 21 years old. If you meet this requirement, you can go on to follow the steps below:

 

STEP 1 – Ready Your Documents

  • A photo of you (a clear headshot)
  • A Driver’s License
    • Drivers must have held their license for up to a year
  • 3 years driving experience
  • Vehicle registration documents
  • Vehicle insurance document (if you already have a car you intend to use. (Level of Insurance coverage depends on the type of Uber service you select)
  • Airport permit
  • Vehicle inspection form
  • Ensure the vehicle registration number is listed
  • All the documents above must clearly show a valid expiration date
  • BLACK and SUV vehicles must have a TCP permit
  • BLACK and SUV vehicles must also have a city-specific airport permit, when required

 

STEP 2 – Signup Online

Once you have all of these documents, the next step is to sign up through the Uber website – using our link: www.uberkit.net/signup. (You get a signup bonus if you use our link, which has our signup referral code already pre-populated). Note – the links redirect to the correct Uber URL.

 

STEP 3 – Wait for Results of Tests

The documents collated in the previous steps are used for a background check that an intending Uber driver must agree to if they would get through the onboarding process. Here, Uber conducts thorough background and criminal checks on all intending drivers.

 

STEP 4 – Get an Uber Approved Car

Note-if you are a driver looking to work for an existing Uber partner, ignore this section and skip to STEP-5

As for the vehicle to use, you need to make sure it fits the car requirements specifically for Uber drivers in San Diego (or your specific city). Note – Uber has various services, so you should know which service you are interested in before buying a car (if you do not have one). See the section below on “Selecting an Uber Service” for more information on that. You can also check our list on Uber Car Requirements: 580 UberX Cars Analyzed for a list of some approved cars. Some of these requirements include the fact that the car year is 2006 or newer-Uber car year requirements vary by city. It is currently year 2007 or newer in many cities. The car should also have no major cosmetic damage. Salvaged or rebuilt vehicles cannot be used, and full-size vans or marked vehicles such as taxis are a no-no as well. Also, note, whatever vehicle you get it will have to go through an Uber approved Vehicle inspection.

Get a Qualified Vehicle

 See specific details for San Diego below:

Age Of Vehicles

  • 2006 or newer for UberX and XL
  • 2010 and newer for UberSELECT and UberSUV
  • 2012 or newer for Uber Black

 

STEP 5 –Interview

Once you have completed the preceding steps, you will be able to go in to the Uber office for an interview, for which you should make sure you have sufficient street and route knowledge regarding your area/city. You should be dressed professionally for this interview.

If you pass the interview, you will be invited for a training session at a specific date, after which your vehicle’s documents will be checked, and you will officially become an Uber driver and/or Uber partner.

You will also receive an Uber-issued cell phone which will have the Uber application installed on it to allow you to get clients. However, if you wish to use your own smartphone, it is perfectly fine to return the cell phone.

 

What to do if your vehicle does not fit Uber requirements

Keep in mind, there is no need to give up, if your personal vehicle does not fit the requirements that are necessary for an Uber vehicle—in fact, many people tend to invest in a new car before becoming professional Uber drivers.

However, I would recommend not going overboard when you are purchasing a new car to be used as an Uber vehicle. It is a good idea to select an average but sturdy car that is not a particularly new or fancy model but fits Uber’s car requirements. Note – See the “Nice to Know” section for due diligence you should probably do, before buying a car specifically for Uber.

 

Selecting an Uber Service

UberX is the mid-tier cost Uber service, and it also gets the most patronage from Uber passengers across the globe for this reason. This is the category I would recommend starting out with. UberBLACK is a little more expensive, as you need to have a black and slightly more polished vehicle. This earns a little more money than UberX, and is a good option for people that want to earn a little more per client.

UberSELECTUberXLUberSUV and UberWAV are other services available in San Diego. UberXL is the 6 passenger version of UberX. It is dominated by inexpensive but nice vehicles that can carry more passengers than the UberX. You can say it is the larger version of the UberX service. Riders who request this service would typically be picked up in vehicles like these : Honda pilot, Toyota Sienna, Chevrolet Traverse, Dodge Durango, Dodge Gran.

UberSELECT is a premium service that sits between the UberX and the UberBLACK. UberSUV as well is the 6 passenger version of UberBLACK.  With this service, riders should expect to be picked up by professionally trained drivers in top-end vehicles like the Lincoln Navigator, Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class or Chevrolet Suburban (just to name a few). With the UberWAV – Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles, Uber provides people with special disabilities the opportunity to travel with their wheelchairs.

San Diego Prices

UberSUV

  • Base Fare: $15
  • Per Minute: $0.40
  • Per Mile: $4.30
  • Cancellation Fee: $10
  • Service Fees: $0
  • Minimum Fare: $25

UberBLACK

  • Base Fare: $8
  • Per Minute: $0.35
  • Per Mile: $3.55
  • Cancellation Fee: $10
  • Service Fees: $0
  • Minimum Fare: $15

UberSELECT

  • Base Fare: $4
  • Per Minute: $0.30
  • Per Mile: $2.35
  • Cancellation Fee: $10
  • Service Fees: $1.75
  • Minimum Fare: $8.75

UberWAV

  • Base Fare: $2.85
  • Per Minute: $0.25
  • Per Mile: $2.25
  • Cancellation Fee: $5
  • Service Fees: $1.75
  • Minimum Fare: $7.75

UberXL

  • Base Fare: $2
  • Per Minute: $0.20
  • Per Mile: $1.75
  • Cancellation Fee: $5
  • Service Fees: $1.75
  • Minimum Fare: $6.75

UberX

  • Base Fare: None
  • Per Minute: $0.15
  • Per Mile: $1.10
  • Cancellation Fee: $5
  • Service Fees: $1.75
  • Minimum Fare: $5.75

UberASSIST

  • Base Fare: None
  • Per Minute: $0.15
  • Per Mile: $1.10
  • Cancellation Fee: $5
  • Service Fees: $1.75
  • Minimum Fare: $5.75

 

Nice to Know

If you want to drive with Uber in San Diego, you have to bear in mind that you will be utilizing a certain amount of money to pay for fuel and other maintenance related expenses.

In addition to the afore-mentioned, you have other costs like car maintenance, insurance costs, car depreciation, and Uber royalties. If you want to assess the profitability of Uber – whether as a one man business (a sole Uber driver); or as an Entrepreneur with multiple Uber cars in his/her fleet, then you need to download either of our Uber Kits at the top right corner of the pages below:

 

That’s all there is to driving with Uber in San Diego. Please feel free to share your signup experience with us in the comment section

 

 

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