EXCLUSIVE: Most popular Uber cars in Australia revealed

The most popular cars used by Uber drivers in Australia have been revealed for the first time – though the taxi competitor won’t say how old they are, or how many are electric.

Ride-share service Uber has revealed the five most popular cars used by its drivers in Australia – and they’re all available with some form of hybrid power.

Approximately 3.8 million Australians frequently use Uber, and an estimated 74,000 cars are currently registered with the app.

The Toyota cars are available with ‘closed-loop’ hybrid power, the Mitsubishi offers a plug-in hybrid option, and the Mazda is available with a 24-volt “mild-hybrid” system.

Uber would not disclose the average age of its cars, or what percentage of its fleet uses conventional hybrid, plug-in hybrid (PHEV), or fully-electric propulsion.

However, a spokesperson said the decision to cut service fees for zero-emission cars last year had “quadrupled” uptake.

This was likely from a very low base, as the relative scarcity compared to petrol cars means it remains difficult to book fully-electric vehicles in most Australian cities.

An anecdotal survey of 50 Ubers in Sydney suggests the majority are Toyota hybrids – which don’t need to be plugged in and which recharge when on the move – while plug-in hybrid models are extremely rare on the fleet.

According to an industry lobby group, Uber cars now outnumber traditional taxis by more than three-to-one in Australia.

Late last month Uber admitted it misled Australian consumers to dissuade them from canceling trips. You can read that story here.

The top five most popular cars used by Uber drivers in Australia can be viewed below.

Top five most Uber makes and models in Australia:

  • Toyota Camry
  • Toyota Corolla
  • Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Mazda3
  • Toyota RAV4

William Davis

William Davis has written for Drive since July 2020, covering news and current affairs in the automotive industry. He has maintained a primary focus on industry trends, autonomous technology, electric vehicle regulations, and local environmental policy. As the newest addition to the Drive team, William was brought onboard for his attention to detail, writing skills, and strong work ethics. Despite writing for a diverse range of outlets – including the Australian Financial Review, Robb Report, and Property Observer – since completing his media degree at Macquarie University, William has always had a passion for cars.

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