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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2021 11:19 am 
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Uber offers green option for London customers who want electric cars

https://news.sky.com/story/uber-offers- ... s-12259806

The ride-sharing app firm says its Uber Green option in central London will "encourage riders to take action on climate change".

Uber says it will let London customers request a fully electric car so they can "play their part in cleaning up urban transport".

The ride-hailing app said its Uber Green option in central London will mean passenger fares will match those made in petrol, diesel and hybrid Uber vehicles, while drivers will be charged a reduced service fee.

Journeys must begin within London's Zone 1 area but destinations are unrestricted.

The company began adding a 15p per mile clean air fee in London in January 2019 to help drivers with the cost of switching to greener cars.

This has raised £125m and the number of fully electric Uber cars in the capital has increased from 100 to 1,600.

But this still leaves only a small percentage of the firm's 45,000 London vehicles that are eligible for the Uber Green scheme.

Jamie Heywood, Uber's regional general manager for northern and eastern Europe, said: "With cities beginning to open up once again, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to drive a green recovery by ensuring that every car on the Uber app in London is fully electric.

"We continue to partner with drivers to help them make the switch to electric and today we are excited to start offering riders the option to select an electric vehicle at no extra cost, allowing everyone using Uber to play their part in cleaning up urban transport."


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2021 11:20 am 
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The ride-hailing app said its Uber Green option in central London will mean passenger fares will match those made in petrol, diesel and hybrid Uber vehicles, while drivers will be charged a reduced service fee.

Does that mean Uber charges EV drivers a lower commission rate, or is this something to do with the congestion charging thingy? :-s


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:38 pm 
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What have they done with the £125 million ?


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What have they done with the £125 million ?



This has raised £125m and the number of fully electric Uber cars in the capital has increased from 100 to 1,600.

1500 new electric cars according to the advertorial

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:33 pm 
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heathcote wrote:
What have they done with the £125 million ?

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Not sure if that's gone to the drivers, or Uber. I suspect the £125 million is the total fare premium, so probably both drivers and Uber have had a bite of that crust.

But what have Uber done with their share? Legal fees?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2021 4:21 pm 
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The ride-hailing app said its Uber Green option in central London will mean passenger fares will match those made in petrol, diesel and hybrid Uber vehicles, while drivers will be charged a reduced service fee.

Does that mean Uber charges EV drivers a lower commission rate, or is this something to do with the congestion charging thingy? :-s

Possibly both.

But I would imagine a lower rate of commission.

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