Uber also announced an interesting plan to encourage drivers of the oldest (pre-Euro 4) diesel vehicles to scrap them by offering them £1,500 ($1,980) in Uber credits to use for ridesharing instead.
In order to help drivers switch to EVs, Uber has created a dedicated Clean Air Fund to allow drivers on the app to access up to £5,000 to help with the vehicle exchange process.
By 2022, Uber wants to extend the policy cover all 40 United Kingdom cities it operates in, and by 2025 is aiming to have a fully electric fleet in London.
At Uber we're determined to play our part in tackling air pollution across the UK. By 2025, the company will require that any vehicle using the app in London must be all-electric.
Britain will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040, replicating plans by France and cities such as Madrid, Mexico City and Athens.
In an attempt to help tackle air pollution in London, the pioneer ride-hailing company Uber announced that by 2020, all its drivers should use hybrid or fully electric cars as part of its Clean Air Plan to help mitigate air pollution levels in the United Kingdom capital. "We're also aiming for every vehicle on the Uber app in London to be electric by 2025". "Londoners already know many cars on our app are hybrids, but we want to go much further and go all electric in the capital".
Uber is also launching a diesel scrappage scheme to remove 1,000 of the most polluting vehicles in London. Partly by adding 35p to the cost of every ride taken in the capital, with all proceeds from this surcharge going towards the new fund. Uber appointed a new CEO late last month.
Commenting on the announcement, WWF's climate change specialist James Beard said: "This is a much-needed step from Uber which will aid London's air quality. To bring down our carbon emissions, and achieve our Paris Agreement goals, companies and the UK Government need to move beyond conventional hybrids, which offer limited benefits, and focus on plug-in hybrids and fully electric vehicles". Our cities are growing, and so is air pollution.