UberX Plans to Go All-Electric in London by 2019

09 September, 2017, 12:21 | Author: Barbara Daniel
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"Londoners already know many cars on our app are hybrids, but we want to go much further and go all electric in the capital".

The company has also announced plans to establish a Clean Air Fund to allow licensed drivers who use the app to access up to £5,000 towards the cost of upgrading their auto to a hybrid or fully electric vehicle.

Diesel-powered cars on the app's other services, such as UberXL for larger cars, will also be banned from 2020 in the capital. Uber will give £1,500 in Uber credits to the first 1,000 Londoners who scrap a diesel vehicle that adheres to pre-Euro 4 emissions standards. At that time, every UberX available in London will be either a gas-electric hybrid or a battery-electric vehicle. (Scotland wants to do the same by 2032.) Uber hopes to go one better, however, and switch over to hybrid and fully electric vehicles by 2022.

The city is also offering taxi drivers grants worth as much as £5,000 ($6,600) if they upgrade to cleaner vehicles.

For other United Kingdom cities blighted by dirty air, where fewer UberX cars are electrified already, the 100% hybrid and electric deadline is 2022. Uber has already added 100 Nissan Leafs, the world's most popular electric auto, to its London fleet earlier this year.

Uber said it will use only electric cars within London by 2025.

The company became the latest to launch a diesel scrappage scheme today, vowing to remove 1,000 of the most polluting vehicles from London's roads by giving £1.5m to customers.

The UK government has also faced pressure to establish a UK-wide scrappage scheme backed by taxpayer money to quicken the switch towards lower emission cars and combat air pollution.

"Air pollution is a growing problem and we're determined to play our part in tackling it with this bold plan".

Lead Image: Uber's 40,000 licensed drivers in London will be offered grants of up to £5,000 towards a hybrid or fully electric vehicle.

The Uber announcement was welcomed by green groups. King's College, meanwhile, estimates that air pollution is responsible for 9,400 premature deaths in the city each year. The company is also kicking in £2 million of its own cash. "Other companies and organisations need to follow".

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