Over in the UK, it looks like Uber wants to do their part in pushing for EVs to become more mainstream, and have since announced a new initiative called “Clean Air Plan”. This is an initiative in which Uber is hoping to push all of its drivers in London to start driving EVs by 2025. Note that this is just for the London market, which means that the rest of the UK isn’t covered, but we suppose it’s a start.
The initiative also includes a fund in which drivers who do get on board with it will be able to claim up to £5,000 that they can use towards the purchase of a new hybrid or electric car, with Uber estimating that they will pay as much as £150 million over the lifetime of the program. In addition to this, Uber will also be launching a diesel scrappage program in London.
This will see the first 1,000 people who hand over a diesel vehicle with pre-Euro 4 emissions given £1,500 in Uber credits. According to Fred Jones, Uber’s Head of UK Cities, “Air pollution is a growing problem and we’re determined to play our part. Londoners already know many cars on our app are hybrids, but we want to go much further and go all electric in the capital.”