Uber to scrap all diesel and petrol vehicles by 2022

Uber to scrap all diesel and petrol vehicles by 2022

Uber to scrap all diesel and petrol vehicles by 2022

Licensed drivers using Uber will be eligible for up to £5,000 (about $6,600) to help cover the cost of upgrading to a hybrid or battery-electric vehicle.

At least one analyst questioned Uber's intentions.

Ministers also plan to ban the sale of all conventional diesel and petrol cars by 2040, and are considering funding measures to cut pollution with a tax on new diesel vehicles.

Today, Uber also announced new funds for drivers who want to upgrade their auto to an electric or hybrid ("up to £5,000") as well as a scrappage scheme that will give 1,000 Londoners who choose to dump their old diesel vehicle "up to £1,500" in Uber credit.

However, uberPOOL journeys will be excluded from the 35p addition because the firm said these passengers "are already helping to reduce emissions by opting to share their journey with another rider".

In addition, Uber will launch a diesel scrappage scheme in London.

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Later this month, it will appeal a decision by British judges who have ruled that the app should treat two of its drivers as workers and pay them the minimum wage and holiday pay. The first 1,000 people to hand over a diesel vehicle with a pre-Euro 4 emissions standard will be given £1,500 in Uber credit.

Those familiar with Uber might see an immediate obstacle in this plan: Uber does not own all of its fleet, so it can't simply buy new electric cars for drivers. We've heard this one before, but now Uber says they'll be available "in the coming weeks".

"Air pollution is a growing problem and we're determined to play our part in tackling it with this bold plan".

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. Uber is putting £2 million ($2.6 million) of its own money towards the grant. The company's targets are ambitious, however.

Several carmakers have announced plans in recent months to electrify a large proportion of their new cars, with Volvo [GEELY.UL] becoming the first major carmaker to set a date for phasing out vehicles powered exclusively by the internal combustion engine. Drivers need to be sold on the general feasibility of EV ownership too. A 2019 switchover, therefore, might be a little optimistic.

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