Jun 21: In a major fillip to the development of clean fuel ecosystem in India, GAIL Gas Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of state-run GAIL (India) Ltd, the pioneers of City Gas Distribution in India and Uber, the leading ridesharing company, have entered into a strategic partnership to promote the usage of CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) across various cities in India. In the first leg, the initiative is being rolled out in Bengaluru and will subsequently be extended in other cities, GAIL said.
As part of this partnership, termed as ‘Hasiru Bengaluru’ or ‘Green Bengaluru’, GAIL Gas CNG Stations and Uber will promote the adoption of cleaner fuels like CNG in Ubers in Bengaluru. As part of the agreement, GAIL Gas will provide free CNG to the first 500 cars joining under the program, capped at a maximum of Rs 10,000 per car. GAIL Gas will be extending coupons to each of the participating Uber driver partners for Rs 2,500 per month for the first four months.
Uber will provide a joining award of Rs 10,000 to the first 500 CNG vehicles driving with the platform. Uber will in turn, create awareness among its driver partner community on the benefits of CNG through several channels. In order to promote cleaner fuel vehicles, GAIL Gas & Uber will also be leading conversations with OEMs, auto dealers and retrofitters.
Commenting on the partnership, B C Tripathi, Chairman & Managing Director, GAIL (India) Ltd, said, “Alliance with Uber is a major step to fulfill our commitment in making Bengaluru’s air cleaner by expanding usage of CNG across the popular taxi ridership as we move towards a gas based economy under Government of India’s vision.”
According to Madhu Kannan, Chief Business Officer —India & Emerging Markets, Uber, “for budding and current driver partners on Uber alone, use of CNG is expected to create monthly savings of upto ~Rs 15000. Together with GAIL Gas, we hope to develop a CNG ecosystem in the city with the active support of our driver partners as well as the public at large.”