Uber’s new fares to encourage drivers switch to electric vehicles

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Multinational Transport Company will be adding a clean air fee.

Starting early next year, Uber will be placing a surcharge of 15p per mile on every trip booked through its app in London. The new clean air charge is expected to raise more than £200 million to help over 20,000 Uber drivers switch to electric vehicles by 2021, and 40,000 drivers by 2025, hence going fully electric.

The upgrade is based on the number of hours they work. Under the new arrangement, each driver will have their own savings account towards the procurement of an electrical vehicle. Drivers working for an average of 40 hours per week can expect to receive around £4,500 for an electric car over three years.

The new initiative was made in an effort to curb the air pollution in London and follows Mayor Sadiq Khan’s June announcement that diesel and high-polluting vehicles will be charged a £12.50 ($16.20) daily fee, starting in 2021.

Uber’s Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi 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 £200 million 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.

“It said the introduction of the fee would build on other partnerships it has fostered to improve London’s infrastructure for electric vehicles which have led to the installation of more charging points.

 

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