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Uber to invest £200m to help London drivers switch to EV

Uber, the ride hailing technology company, has said it will invest £200 million to help drivers switch to electric vehicles (EV).

Uber anticipates 20,000 of its 45,000 drivers upgrading to EVs by the end of 2021.

A further £5m will be invested in London’s charging infrastructure over the next three years.

The funding is part of Uber’s Clean Air Plan, which will aim to convert every car that uses the ride-hailing app to EV by 2025.

From early next year, a ‘clean air fee’ of 15p per mile will be included on every trip booked through the Uber app in London – “every penny” of which will go towards helping drivers to upgrade to 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 EV will be based on the number of miles they have driven on the app.

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.

Uber has teamed up with (BP ChargeMaster, EO Charging, EVBox, Franklin Energy, NewMotion, Pod Point and Swarco EVolt) who can provide more affordable charging options to drivers using the app so they can charge their car at home.

The company is working with ChargePoint to provide rapid charging stations in central London to existing drivers of EVs.

Uber is also working with other industry players on ways to improve London’s charging infrastructure, including by using anonymised data to provide insights into charging patterns and behaviour.

In addition, Uber drivers can claim £1,500 of credit to spend on their next vehicle when they scrap their older diesel vehicles.

Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber chief executive, said: “The Mayor of London has set out a bold vision to tackle air pollution in the capital and we’re determined to do everything we can to back it.

“Our Clean Air Plan is a long-term investment in the future of London aimed at going all electric in the capital in 2025.

“Over time, it’s our goal to help people replace their car with their phone by offering a range of mobility options – whether cars, bikes, scooters or public transport – all in the Uber app.”

Uber's fleet decarbonisation plans follow on from it winning its appeal at the Westminster Magistrates' Court and an 18-month licence extension from Transport for London (TfL).

Jamie Heywood, Uber's regional general manager for Northern & Eastern Europe, said: “This decision is a recognition of Uber’s commitment to safety and we will continue to work constructively with TfL.

"There is nothing more important than the safety of the people who use the Uber app as we work together to keep London moving.”

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