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Uber fares to rise to help pay for electric cars

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Uber is raising fares in London by 15p per mile from early next year to help drivers upgrade to electric vehicles.

This will add 45p to the average trip in London, the company said.

As part of its Clean Air Plan, Uber wants all its cars to be fully electric in London by 2025 and anticipates the first 20,000 drivers upgrading to electric vehicles by the end of 2021.

The firm expects to raise more than £200m from the fare increases.

Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber, 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 £200m 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.”

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