Uber plans electric option in London

Uber plans to develop electric car incentives and clean air fees in London, the ride-hailing firm has announced.

Transportandenergy.com say the move, part of the firm’s clean air plan for London, aims to assist its drivers in transitioning to EVs through using funding from customer journeys to purchase vehicles. It aims for all drivers on its app to be electric by 2025.

From 2022, a ‘clean air fee’ of 15p per mile will be included on every trip booked through the Uber app in London. All cash raised from this scheme will be used to assist drivers to upgrade into an EV as well as other clean air initiatives. On an average trip in London, this will mean a clean air fee of around 45p.

The amount of support drivers will receive towards the cost of an electric vehicle will be based on the number of miles they have driven on the app, the firm said. For example, a driver using the app for an average of 40 hours per week could expect around £3,000 of support towards an EV in two years’ time and £4,500 in three years.

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