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From early next year, Uber is to add what it calls a ‘clean air fee’ of 15p per mile on every trip booked through its app in London. The amount will go towards helping Uber drivers to upgrade to an electric vehicle. The company says its aim is for every car on the app in the UK capital to be fully electric in 2025. It’s expecting 20,000 drivers to upgrade to electric vehicles by the end of 2021.

The initiative is part of Uber’s Clean Air Plan, which also involves providing affordable electric charging options to drivers so they can charge their car quickly and efficiently at home.

Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s CEO, says: “The Mayor of London has set out a bold vision to tackle air pollution in the capital and we’re determined to do everything we can to back it.”

“Our £200 million Clean Air Plan is a long-term investment in the future of London aimed at going all electric in the capital in 2025. Over time, it’s our goal to help people replace their car with their phone by offering a range of mobility options – whether cars, bikes, scooters or public transport – all in the Uber app,” he adds.

Uber says another element of the plan is a diesel scrappage scheme aimed at removing 1,000 of the most polluting cars from London’s roads. This will also launch next year.

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