London Uber Drivers To Turn Over A New Leaf

Sat 25th Jan 2020

Uber’s fleet of London drivers is to get an electric boost after it was announced that Nissan will be supplying 2,000 of its Leaf EVs to the taxi company.

Though Uber is currently in dispute with Transport for London after their application for a new London licence was rejected in November 2019, the company is still operating in the capital while it appeals the decision. One of the world’s leading disruptor companies, Uber is embracing low-emission vehicle technology and has raised more than £80 million through its Clean Air Plan which sees 15p added to all London journeys. The money raised will go towards helping drivers make the switch to electric vehicles.

Uber has 45,000 drivers in London and despite the company’s licence being at risk due to ‘several breaches that placed passengers and their safety at risk’, the partnership with Nissan has received government approval, with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps giving it the thumbs up.

“I want green transport to be the new normal, and with one battery electric vehicle sold every 15 minutes last year, we are heading in the right direction,” Shapps said.

“Electrifying taxi and private hire vehicle fleets is crucial to cleaning up our air and it's fantastic to see this ambition matched by companies like Nissan and Uber as we drive towards a zero emission future."

The 2,000 Nissan Leaf’s will also boost the UK car production economy with the 168 range vehicles being built in the north east of England at the Japanese company’s Sunderland plant.

Uber’s general manager for northern and eastern Europe Jamie Heywood is aiming to make all London drivers be electric within the next five years, saying: “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."