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Nissan plant in Sunderland to supply electric cars for taxi firm Uber

Nissan will supply up to 2,000 electric Leaf vehicles Credit: PA Images

Uber has announced an agreement for Nissan to supply up to 2,000 electric cars to its drivers in London.

The taxi company has around 45,000 drivers in the capital. The deal with car manufacturer Nissan, means drivers will be able to apply to use the Leaf vehicles.

The cars will be manufactured at Nissan's Sunderland factory and can travel up to 168 miles on a single charge.

Uber has raised more than £80 million through its Clean Air Plan to tackle air pollution since it launched in January 2019.

The scheme includes adding a 15p fee to all London journeys.

Nissan will manufacture the Leaf car model for Uber drivers Credit: PA
2,000
Nissan Leaf cars will be supplied from the Sunderland plant to Uber drivers in London.
45,000
Uber has more than 45,000 drivers in the capital.
168
Miles can be travelled in the Nissan Leaf from one single charge.
£80m
The amount raised by Uber through its Clean Air Plan to tackle air pollution.

Uber says the money is used to support the cost of drivers switching to electric vehicles.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:

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.

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."

– Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary

Uber's general manager for northern and eastern Europe Jamie Heywood said:

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."

– Jamie Heywood, Uber's general manager for northern and eastern Europe

Transport for London rejected Uber's application for a new London licence in November 2019 due to "several breaches that placed passengers and their safety at risk".

The firm is allowed to continue operating while it appeals against the decision.