Uber Is Phasing Out Fossil Fuel-Powered Cars In London

Uber is adding a surcharge to its fares to help pay for cleaner vehicles

That same deadline also applies to a complete ban on diesel vehicles across all rides available through the app. Uber intends to roll out both measures across the rest of the 40 United Kingdom towns and cities in which it operates by 2022.

In the longer term, the United States company said that by 2025 all of its cars in London must be fully electric or a plug-in hybrid, on which the battery typically lasts about 40 miles before switching to petrol.

Uber's cheapest, most popular UberX tier will soon be either fully-electric or hybrid.

So, we're glad to hear that Uber has determined to play its part in tackling air pollution across the UK.

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.

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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. "We're also aiming for every auto on the Uber app in London to be electric by 2025".

The company will kick off the fund with an initial £2 million ($2.6 million) contribution, and will add a surcharge of 35p (46 cents) to every ride booked through its app within the capital.

"Our scrappage scheme will also take polluting vehicles off the road and encourage Londoners to get into a shared auto to connect with public transport instead", said Jones.

In the coming weeks a network of Uber-branded rapid chargers will also be installed in central London which will initially be dedicated for use by drivers of electric vehicles who use the Uber app.

"This is a much needed step from Uber which will aid London's air quality", said Beard. Our cities are growing, and so is air pollution. "Other companies and organisations need to follow". The company plans to give out as much as £5,000 ($6,604 USD) to those who swap to an electric or hybrid vehicle, as well as up to £1,500 ($1,981 USD) to any Londoners who stop driving a diesel-powered vehicle. 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.

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