Ride-hailing giant Uber has reiterated plans to make all of its London-based cabs electric by the end of 2025. This would make the UK capital the first of the company’s worldwide locations to be entirely reliant on electric vehicles (EVs).
London is seen as the global leader for Uber’s electrification efforts. At the turn of the year there were an estimated 6,000+ EVs on the platform – the most of any Uber city.
The company currently runs its ‘Clean Air Plan’: a program that enables drivers to accumulate ‘EV assistance’ credits. These are redeemable against the cost of purchasing or leasing an electric car.
On average, more than 37,000 zero emission vehicle (ZEV) drivers a month are actively using Uber’s app in the US, Canada, and Europe. That represents a fourfold increase since the same period a year prior.
London is leading the way for the global operator over other cities, with 15% of on-trip miles covered now electric.
Speaking to The Times, Andrew Brem, Uber UK General Manager, said: “Will we make it by the end of 2025? Yes, but I think it will be bloody difficult.”