29 Mar 21

Uber Green gives riders in London the choice of an all-electric ride

Starting today (29 March), Uber riders in London’s Zone 1 get the option to select a fully electric vehicle at the same cost as a regular UberX journey.

Drivers who have made the switch to electric vehicles will pay a lower service fee of 15% on Uber Green trips but riders will pay the same price.

Only fully electric vehicles will be able to take Uber Green trips, excluding hybrids and plug-in hybrids.

Since 2019, when Uber started helping London drivers switch to electric vehicles through the Clean Air Plan, more than 3 million trips have taken place on the app in fully electric vehicles.

As part of the Clean Air Plan, Uber collects an additional fee of 15p for every mile travelled in London, which goes directly to drivers to support them with the cost of switching to an EV. More than £125 has so far been raised.

Through the Clean Air Plan, drivers can on average save £4,500 off the cost of an electric vehicle. Other initiatives to support drivers include:

  • Uber drivers can benefit from discounts when using bp Pulse’s public charging network. They will also be able to access Uber dedicated charging points at a series of rapid charging hubs in London.
  • Uber has signed deals with car makers including Nissan and Kia to provide discounted vehicles for drivers.
  • Uber has announced funding of more than £5m to invest in new electric vehicle charging infrastructure in London. It will target areas with the highest number of professional drivers living, such as Newham, Brent and Tower Hamlets. 

By the end of 2021, Uber Green will be live in 60 major European cities, representing around 80% of Uber’s European business. Uber Green is also set to be available in 1,400 US locations by the end of the year.

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Authored by: Benjamin Uyttebroeck