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Uber offers electric car option for London customers

Written by: Emma Lunn
Uber Green allows passengers in zone 1 to request an electric car for their Uber journey.

The ride-sharing app says the move is the first stage in its commitment to 100% electric rides in London and that it means London customers can “play their part in cleaning up urban transport.”

Uber Green is currently available for journeys starting in Zone 1. Your destination can be anywhere, but your journey must start in central London. When using the Uber app in Zone 1, you’ll be able to scroll down the menu to choose Uber Green in exactly the same way you would book an UberX.

The price for the journey will be the same – the only difference is that you’ll be riding in a 100% electric vehicle, not a hybrid, diesel or petrol car.

Jamie Heywood, Uber’s regional general manager for northern and eastern Europe, said: “With cities beginning to open up once again, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to drive a green recovery by ensuring that every car on the Uber app in London is fully electric.

“We continue to partner with drivers to help them make the switch to electric and today we are excited to start offering riders the option to select an electric vehicle at no extra cost, allowing everyone using Uber to play their part in cleaning up urban transport.”

Uber raised fares in London by 15p per mile in 2019 to help drivers upgrade to electric vehicles. 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.

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