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Uber drivers in London get incentive to switch to a Tesla electric vehicle

Drivers for Uber Technologies Inc (NYSE:UBER) in London will now be able to buy or lease Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) electric vehicles (EVs).

Using cash raised from charging passengers 3p for every mile they travel in London, the ride-hailing company offers its drivers funds to switch to an EV at a discounted rate.

So far, Uber has raised £135mln from the ‘clean air fee’, with a typical driver getting roughly £3,500 to £4,000 to put towards getting an EV.

Today Uber, which has committed that all its vehicles in London will be fully electric by 2025, said that Tesla had been added to the list of cars that drivers can buy or lease using the scheme, adding to existing partners like Hyundai, Kia and Nissan.

More than 4,000 of the US company’s drivers have so far switched to an EV, while more than 90% of new drivers joining the app use a battery powered car.

In March this year, Uber customers in central London have been able to request the Uber Green option where they are picked up by a fully electric car, with fares matching normal trips but drivers earning more than normal trips.

Uber’s Jamie Heywood said: “Uber drivers are switching to electric vehicles at a much faster rate than the mass market, thanks to the lower running costs and greater earning potential of driving in an EV.”

He added: “There is still a lot of work to do to drive a green recovery and clean up urban transport, but the progress we are seeing in London is significant and as a city we are leading the way globally.”


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