Uber fares in London will be increased from Wednesday to help drivers buy electric cars.
A clean air fee of 15p per mile will be added to every trip taken in the capital. The minicab app firm expects the scheme to raise more than £200 million in the coming years, which will be used to help drivers convert to electric cars.
A London driver using the app for an average of 40 hours per week will be given around £3,000 towards the purchase cost of an electric car in two years, according to the company.
- The clean air fee will not include miles travelled to a passenger's pick up location and will not be affected by dynamic pricing
- Uber expects the surcharge to be around 45p for an average trip
- It wants 20,000 cars on its app in London to be fully electric by the end of 2021, increasing to every car by 2025
- There are currently around 45,000 Uber drivers in the capital
When the plan was announced in October last year, Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi said: