Uber launches Clean Air Plan for a greener future
The air quality in our cities is a growing problem – and one that affects us all. At Uber we’re determined to play our part in tackling air pollution across the UK.
That’s why we’re today announcing a Clean Air Plan with a series of measures for drivers, riders and cities. As part of our Plan:
- By the end of 2019 every car available on uberX in London will be 100% hybrid or fully electric with no diesel vehicles on the app.
- We’re starting in the capital but aim to meet the same standard – 100% hybrid or fully electric cars on uberX with no diesels on the app – across the UK by the end of 2022.
- More than half the miles on uberX journeys in London are already in hybrid or fully electric cars, but we want to go much further with a goal for every vehicle using the app in London to be electric in 2025.
- We are also launching a diesel scrappage scheme aimed at removing 1,000 of the most polluting cars from London’s roads. The first 1,000 people in London to scrap a pre-Euro 4 diesel vehicle and provide an official scrappage certificate will receive up to £1,500 of credit to spend on Uber or uberPOOL rides as we encourage Londoners to get into a shared car to connect with public transport. Londoners can register their interest today here and will be able to apply through the scheme from next month.
Setting up a Clean Air Fund
In order to achieve these ambitious goals Uber will create a dedicated Clean Air Fund to allow licensed drivers who use our app across the UK to access up to £5,000 towards the cost of upgrading their car to a hybrid or fully electric vehicle.
Over the life of the fund, it is expected that drivers will claim more than £150m to help transition to a greener car. Uber is currently in discussions with potential third-party administrators of the fund.
Uber will kickstart the fund next month with a £2m investment and 35p will be added to every ride taken through the app in London – every penny of which will be donated to the dedicated and ring-fenced fund. An amount will also be added to rides in other UK cities over the next year.
uberPOOL trips will be excluded from the 35p addition as passengers are already opting to share their journey with someone else heading the same way. In London more than 400,000 people regularly use uberPOOL to travel from A to B.
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.
Here’s to a future with cleaner cities, where we can all breathe easier.
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