London Uber drivers will be encouraged and assisted to buy electric vehicles as part of a £200 million ($A366 million) plan to tackle the polluted capital’s air quality.
The “Clean Air Plan” aims to have all Uber drivers offering the company’s on-demand transport services doing so in all-electric vehicles by 2025.
The English capital has a shocking scorecard for air quality, with over 9,000 Londoners dying each year due to toxic air according to a report commissioned by the city.
Uber’s plan is a response to the Mayor of London’s recent announcement of a further £6 million in funding available through the Mayor of London’s Air Quality Fund, which plans to tackle London pollution hotspots.
“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.,” said Uber chief Dara Khosrowshahi in a statement.
“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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