Published: Sun, September 10, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

Uber announces plans to electrify its London fleet by 2025

Uber announces plans to electrify its London fleet by 2025

It will also offer the first 1,000 Londoners who scrap an older diesel vehicle, 1,500 pounds in credit to use on Uber.

The company says diesel cars will get booted from the app, too.

For other United Kingdom cities, where less electric Uber cars operate already, the 100 percent goal is set for 2022, giving an extra two adaptation years.

Should all taxis and ride-hailing services be hybrid or fully electric in cities like London?

At Uber we're determined to play our part in tackling air pollution across the UK.

It looks as though Uber is jumping in on the efforts in London by offering a significant incentive to any of its drivers that buy and use an electric vehicle.

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Today, Uber also announced new funds for drivers who want to upgrade their auto to an electric or hybrid ("up to £5,000") as well as a scrappage scheme that will give 1,000 Londoners who choose to dump their old diesel vehicle "up to £1,500" in Uber credit. Uber has already added 100 Nissan Leafs, the world's most popular electric vehicle, to its London fleet earlier this year.

Uber, which has about 40,000 London drivers, will only offer electric or hybrid models on UberX by the turn of the decade and plans to do the same by 2022 nationwide. It said it expected to spend "well in excess" of £150m through the scheme, which will be partly funded through a 35p surcharge to each ride taken through the app in the capital.

The scrappage scheme will see participating users given up to £1,500 in credit to use on its service, as part of its effort to 'encourage Londoners to get into a shared vehicle to connect with public transport'.

A lot of this world's urban agglomerations (particularly in Europe, where diesel engines on passenger cars were allowed to proliferate) are accusing very high levels of air pollution due to the heavy traffic.

According to Uber more than half of the miles travelled on uberX journeys in London are already in hybrid or fully electric cars. "Other companies and organisations need to follow".

While there's still a debate going on over just how eco-friendly an electric auto really is, there's no denying the fact that there is no pollution coming out of its absent tail pipes.

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