Aug 27, 2018 - Technology

Uber begins shift to e-bikes, scooters

Electric scooter

People ride Bird scooters along Venice Beach. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

"Uber is planning a shift in emphasis from cars to electric bicycles and scooters for shorter journeys as part of its long-term strategy," CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told the Financial Times' Shannon Bond in S.F.

The big picture: "During rush hour, it is very inefficient for a one-ton hulk of metal to take one person 10 blocks," the CEO said. "He admitted that in the short term, the move would mean a further financial hit for a company that had losses of $4.5bn last year." The push comes after Uber acquired the electric bike-sharing company Jump earlier this year for $200 million.

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