Residents of London who use Uber have to pay an additional 15 pence (0.19 USD) per mile under the Ride Hail company's new clean-air plan, which was announced on Monday. The surcharge will help Uber drivers make it easier to switch from dirty fossil-fueled cars to cleaner, battery-powered versions – with the goal that all cars in the app will be fully powered by 2025 in London.
The average trip in London The distance is about 4.8 km. Therefore, drivers can pay 45p (USD 0.58) per ride. All London riders can receive cash payments from Uber to help them buy an electric car.
Uber says that the amount drivers receive for the cost of an electric vehicle is based on the number of kilometers they have traveled with the app. For example, a driver using the app for an average of 40 hours a week could expect around £ 3,000 ($ 3,865) in three years and £ 4,500 ($ 5,787) in three years.
"We want to partner with the cities we work in and are proud to be making our contribution to combating air pollution in London," said Fred Jones, director of Uber in London, in a statement. "Over time, our goal is to help people replace their car with a mobile phone by offering various mobility options – whether it's cars, bikes or public transport – all in the Uber app."
Once a Driver upgrades to an electric car, the clean air charge will flow into subsidizing the driver's vehicle costs. Uber says more than 200 million pounds ($ 257 million) will be raised to support drivers who switch to electric vehicles in the next few years. An estimated 20,000 drivers are expected to switch to electric vehicles by the end of 2021.
Last year, Uber announced a pilot program that will allow some drivers over a years-long pilot program to use North American drivers of electric vehicles to provide at least 5 million trips over the next 12 months. The pilot will take place in seven cities: Austin, Los Angeles, Montreal, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle. However, Uber does not plan to pay this pilot at a surcharge. A spokesman said the Clean Air fee was initially exclusive to London.
Uber has a complicated relationship with the regulators in London. In 2017, the Municipal Transport Authority revoked Uber's operating license, citing security concerns. Uber received back a trial license last June, which requires an independent review of its own business every six months.
London tries to fight pollution and traffic jams. Last month, Transport for London ruled that private rental vehicles, including Uber, would not be relieved of the £ 11.50 daily congestion charge for driving in central London. Only zero-emission vehicles are exempted from paying the fee. This partly explains the urgency of Uber to get the drivers to switch from gasoline to electric vehicle.