Uber announces £150m fund to help drivers switch to cleaner cars

Jon Howard
September 10, 2017

Other measures being introduced by Uber include offering up to £1,500 of credit to 1,000 people scrapping an old diesel vehicle and a goal of making every Uber vehicle in London electric by 2025.

The ban on diesel powered cars will apply to both its UberX drivers and the UberXL service for larger cars.

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.

The plan will also see diesel cars banned from registering to use the service in London by 2019 and the rest of the United Kingdom by 2022.

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

Uber has announced it will require its 40,000 drivers in London to switch to hybrid or fully electric cars, and ban diesel vehicles from its fleet, by the end of 2019.

"Londoners already know many cars on our app are hybrids, but we want to go much further and go all electric in the capital", he said.

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According to Uber more than half of the miles travelled on uberX journeys in London are already in hybrid or fully electric cars.

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 auto to connect with public transport'.

The ridesharing service also said it would establish a £150 million ($198 million) clean-air fund for grants to help its drivers make the switch to fully or partially zero-emission vehicles.

Fred Jones, Uber's head of United Kingdom cities, said that while many Uber cars were already hybrids, the company wanted to go further in supporting efforts to improve air quality.

Commenting on the announcement, WWF's climate change specialist James Beard said: "This is a much-needed step from Uber which will aid London's air quality".

A 2015 study conducted by researchers of Kings College London found that dirty air in the city causes almost 9,500 deaths a year.

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. "Other companies and organisations need to follow".

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