Why drive uber? And what do I need to drive uber?

Why drive uber?

Uber is one of the most flexible jobs available. You can work whenever you want simply by turning the app on or off. Of all driving jobs, according to the US Department of Labor Statistics, uber is the best paid when the number of hours devoted to the work is compared with all other driving jobs. In the united states, the average uber driver has earned just under USD $20.00 per hour since 2012. This is double the average for taxi drivers and on par with the earnings of heavy vehicle drivers in the United States. Although reliable data has not emerged for the Australian market as yet, uber drivers in Australia experience similar advantages to the job characteristics found in the US market for uber drivers.

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What do I need?

In Australia, you need an ordinary C class driver’s license to drive uber and you need to have held it for at least 1 year in most states. You will also need insurance for your vehicle. In addition to the compulsory third party insurance you will also need third party property (“TPP”) damage insurance and comprehensive insurance is usually recommended. When you drive uber with us, you can expect that we will provide comprehensive insurance for your vehicle as part of the lease fee.

Obviously, you will also need a car. Usually, we recommend finding a car that meets the basic uber x driving requirements of having 4 doors, being less than 10 years old and with good fuel efficiency. We select the cars in our lease fleet based on these criteria and leasing a car from us provides you with immediate access to uber cars which are highly suitable for this purpose. We also offer cars that meet the requirements for uber select and uber xl which are the premium and 7 seat versions of uber respectively. Some of the uber driver’s favorite models are Toyota Camry Hybrids, Toyota Corrollas, Hyundai I30, Kia Rondo and Carnival for the 7 seats capacity and Mercedes, Audi and BMW for the uber select drivers.

In some cases you will need to have your car inspected before it is approved to drive uber. Also, if you are looking at buying a car for uber, it is good idea to check with uber about the eligibility of the car for driving uber before you buy it. This avoids the situation of finding that you have invested in a car which is not eligible to participate in uber.

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Why are electric cars more environmentally friendly than petrol cars?

With Tesla announcing the production of the model 3 and Volvo recently announcing that petrol engine cars won’t be produced beyond 2019, it seems that there is an inexorable trend towards electric vehicles. But why are electric vehicles superior to internal combustion engines in energy efficiency and therefore their environmental friendliness?

On the surface, it seems obvious that electric cars emit no gases from an exhaust pipe and therefore avoid polluting the environment. However, in the ignorance of my youth, I thought that electric cars would not improve the condition of the environment because under the conditions of the present electric grid, they were essentially coal powered cars. However, from an emissions perspective it is actually still more efficient than the world being powered by petrol. The main reason for this difference is the heat dissipation of the two types of engines. The maximum amount of energy from a petrol fuel tank that can be converted into kinetic energy is about 50% from the most efficient engines. By comparison, electric motors can achieve 90% or more conversion of the energy inputted into them.

In addition to this coal fired power stations achieve some efficiencies from the scale at which energy is produced in comparison to the burning of petrol. There are some losses of efficiency from the transmission of power in the grid but this is more than offset by the energy efficiency of electric motors and the efficiency gains from coal fired mass production. Also, eventually the grid will become renewables based as this is the trend of investment in energy infrastructure.

The development of electric cars is also important because of the improvements in battery technology and battery production which result from the development of electric cars. Mass production of advanced batteries is needed to make renewable energy sources like solar and wind viable as a source of baseload power. This is because solar power is only produced during the day and the energy produced must therefore be stored until the peak load period at night. In the case of wind power, as periods of windiness are unpredictable it is also necessary to store the energy produced until when it is needed. The mass production techniques and infrastructure for lithium ion batteries being developed and used for electric cars also supports the development of renewable energy sources.

One criticism of electric vehicles is that the mining of the lithium used to produce the batteries which power electric cars is a very environmentally destructive process. It can create serious soil toxicity issues. However, battery recycling and sustainable mining techniques under development appear to be able to address this problem. So, in the final analysis, it is true that electric vehicles are more environmentally friendly than internal combustion engines.

Launch of the Tesla Model 3

On Friday the much anticipated SN1 “Serial Number 1” of the Tesla Model 3 finally rolled off the production line at Tesla’s Freemont manufacturing facility which boasts the most advanced installation of manufacturing robots in the world. In typical style, Elon Musk tweeted out an announcement of the first model 3 rolling off the factory floor.

The model 3 is one of the most anticipated vehicles in history because it is set to be the first truly mass-market electric vehicle selling at a price which is affordable to ordinary consumers of USD$35,000.00. Widespread adoption of electric vehicles are part of a sustainable energy revolution which is needed to prevent catastrophic climate change.

Also, Tesla is accelerating the sustainable energy revolution by building the gigafactory which is creating a system of mass production for lithium ion batteries that are needed for both electric vehicles and the battery storage that is needed to make renewable energy sources like solar and wind power viable as a baseload energy supply. The development of this system of mass production of advanced technology batteries has the potential to revolutionise the way that energy is produced, stored and consumed.