Uber to Require EV, Hybrid Vehicles in London by 2020

Photo of London road in Knightsbridge courtesy of Allen Watkin via Wikimedia Commons.
Photo of London road in Knightsbridge courtesy of Allen Watkin via Wikimedia Commons.

Uber will ban its drivers in London from using vehicles that are not hybrid or fully electric by 2020 in an effort to curb illegal levels of pollution in the city.

Approximately half of all of Uber’s journey miles in London are driven by greener vehicles via the UberX, the company’s low-cost service, according to Reuters. Uber has about 40,000 London drivers.

For other cities in the United Kingdom, the deadline of drivers having hybrid and electric deadline is 2022, according to the Guardian

Uber will help its drivers who want to switch to greener cars with a more than $197 million fund, paying up to $6,784 per upgrade from a petrol or diesel vehicle, according to Reuters. The company will also offer the first 1,000 Londoners who scrap an older diesel car, $2,035 in credit to use on Uber.

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