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Nissan to supply fleet of 2,000 electric Leafs to Uber

Date: 24 January 2020   |   Author: Illya Verpraet

Uber and Nissan have signed a deal for up to 2,000 Leaf EVs to be offered to Uber drivers in London.

The ride hailing firm has started adding 15p per mile to the cost of all trips on the platform in London within the M25 to help its drivers pay for the zero-emission car. 

Uber says drivers could save on average £4,500 on the cost of an electric car through this scheme, which it calls the Clean Air Plan. For this, the driver needs to use the app for an average of 40 hours per week for three years. Drivers can apply for EV assistance once they have 'saved' £1,000 through the scheme.

According to Uber, its Clean Air Plan has so far raised more than £80m to support drivers transitioning to electric vehicles, and it expects to raise a further £200m over the next few years.

The initiative comes at a turbulent time for the ride hailing firm in London, as Uber lost its operating licence for London in November last year, although it can continue to operate in the capital while it appeals Transport for London's decision. Uber has also drawn criticism over how much it pays its drivers.

Andrew Humberstone, managing director of Nissan GB. commented: "Through innovation and collaboration, companies like Nissan and Uber can tackle the challenges of advancing personal urban mobility, whilst also improving air quality in our major cities. As the UK's best-selling EV, the Nissan LEAF is the perfect vehicle to support Uber's ambition of a 100% electric fleet in London for 2025. Not only will passengers enjoy the quieter ride that comes from all-electric driving, but cyclists, pedestrians and other road users will also benefit from the zero-emissions powertrain."

Jamie Heywood, Uber's regional general manager for northern and eastern Europe, said: "Our bold vision for London is for every driver on the Uber app to use an all-electric vehicle by 2025. The partnership with Nissan is a hugely significant step towards meeting this goal. The Mayor of London has shown strong leadership on measures relating to air quality and we're proud to support him in delivering his vision."