Uber to stop using diesel cars in London by end 2019

Mark Webber driving a 2016 Porsche 919 Hybrid in London

It then wants every Uber vehicle in the capital to be electric by 2025.

The extra change will reportedly help fund a scheme whereby Uber drivers can receive up to £5,000 towards the cost of upgrading their auto to a hybrid or electric model.

Uber's United Kingdom operation has announced a new goal to electrify its entire London fleet by 2025.

At Uber we're determined to play our part in tackling air pollution across the UK.

For other United Kingdom cities blighted by dirty air, where fewer UberX cars are electrified already, the 100% hybrid and electric deadline is 2022.

Uber will provide £2 million towards the initiative, but users of the app will also contribute to the switch, through a 35p surcharge imposed on all trips realised in London from this October onwards.

Ride-hailing service provider Uber has announced plans to have all of its drivers in London operate hybrid or fully electric cars by the end of 2019 as part of a "clean air" strategy unveiled today (8 September).

Uber also announced an interesting plan to encourage drivers of the oldest (pre-Euro 4) diesel vehicles to scrap them by offering them £1,500 ($1,980) in Uber credits to use for ridesharing instead.

Uber, which has about 40,000 London drivers, will only offer electric or hybrid models on UberX by the turn of the decade and plans to do the same by 2022 nationwide.

'Our scrappage scheme will also take polluting vehicles off the road and encourage Londoners to get into a shared auto to connect with public transport instead'. It has announced a Clean Air Plan effort that consists of a new series of measures for drivers, riders, and cities. An undisclosed amount will also be added to rides in other United Kingdom cities over the next year.

A lot of this world's urban agglomerations (particularly in Europe, where diesel engines on passenger cars were allowed to proliferate) are accusing very high levels of air pollution due to the heavy traffic.

If you own a diesel and drive with Uber, your days are numbered, but you could get some cash for changing cars.

In London, Uber is having problems of its own with the firm facing criticism from unions, lawmakers and traditional black cab drivers over working conditions. "To bring down our carbon emissions, and achieve our Paris Agreement goals, companies and the UK Government need to move beyond conventional hybrids, which offer limited benefits, and focus on plug-in hybrids and fully electric vehicles".

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