Uber Going All-Electric in London

Popular ride-sharing service Uber has stated that all of its London drivers will need to make the switch to a hybrid or fully electric vehicle by 2020. Uber has chosen to target London due to the city’s particularly severe levels of air pollution.

Currently, just under half of London’s 4,000 Uber drivers have an electric or hybrid vehicle. Earlier this year, Uber added 100 Nissan Leafs to its London fleet in an attempt to increase the number of electric vehicles registered. By 2020, Uber wishes for all drivers to own an electrified vehicle, warning that they will be unable to drive passengers around of they do not upgrade.

The company will offer financial assistance for current drivers to upgrade to an electric vehicle, with grants of up to £5,000 being offered. These grants will be paid for partially by Uber, with the company funding £2 million and the rest of the funds being obtained through a slight increase in ride pricing. Uber will also be offering £1500 “scrappage vouchers” for pre-2005 vehicles so that owners can scrap their old vehicle and use Uber instead.

The ride-sharing company will offer financial assistance for current drivers to upgrade to an electric vehicle, with grants of up to £5,000 being offered. These grants will be paid for partially by Uber, with the company funding £2 million and the rest of the funds being obtained through a slight increase in ride pricing. Uber will also be offering £1500 “scrappage vouchers” for pre-2005 vehicles so that owners can scrap their old vehicle and use Uber instead.

Over time, Uber wishes to extend this change to all of the UK, focusing on the most polluted cities first. Polluted cities will have 100% electric Uber drivers by 2022, whereas the rest of the UK will have 100% electric fleets by 2025.

The changes Uber is making in the UK follow the country’s recent announcement to rid their roads of non-electric vehicles by 2040.