Uber will create a fleet of electric vehicles for its drivers that will help it complete its “Clean Air Plan” for London.
Uber will partner with UK-based electric vehicle manufacturer Arrival for vehicles that are “specifically designed to drive” and go into production in 2023. Uber launched its Clean Air Plan in London two years ago, introducing additional passenger surcharges to help drivers switch to electric vehicles in the coming years.
The company will consult with drivers during the development of the Arrival Car to get their input during the design process.
It said more than £ 135 million has been raised so far to support the endeavor and will encourage drivers to apply for financial assistance to upgrade their vehicles, culminating in an all-electric fleet in London by 2025.
London has made more than 3.5 million rides in all-electric vehicles, although Uber admits it “still has a long way to go”. Uber also plans to fully electrify its fleet across the rest of the UK, Europe and North America by 2030, although it gives itself another decade (2040) to repeat the same plans in developing countries, such as India, which are already suffering . of some of the worst excesses of air pollution worldwide.
“With our cities opening up, we have the opportunity to make urban transport cleaner than ever before,” said Jamie Heywood, Uber regional general manager for Northern and Eastern Europe.
“Uber is committed to helping every driver in London upgrade to an electric car by 2025 and our Clean Air Plan has raised more than £ 135 million to support this ambition.
“Our focus is now on encouraging drivers to use this money to help them upgrade to an electric car and our partnership with Arrival will help us achieve this goal.” Tom Elvidge, Arrival’s Senior Vice President Mobility in the UK, said:
“We are convinced that exciting vehicles will have too much of an impact on cities and we would like to support drivers in managing this transition. The arrival car will be designed based on the needs of drivers to create a vehicle that is affordable, durable and desirable.
“We have had great success working with our key partners to create our best-in-class van and we hope to repeat that success with Uber by developing the best possible ride product that enhances and enhances the passenger experience. the drivers improves.
“health, safety and finances.” In March of this year, Uber Green was launched in London, an eco-friendly option that allows passengers in the Zone 1 area of the city to specifically choose to drive an electric car.