Uber has joined forces with Nissan to trial electric vehicles (EVs) in London.
The car manufacturer has supplied a fleet of 20 all-electric Nissan LEAFs, which are available for hire through Uber’s app.
The project is aimed at improving air quality and reducing CO2 emissions.
It is being run in partnership with the Energy Saving Trust (EST) and will look into the feasibility of running large numbers of electric private hire vehicles in the UK.
It will research the experience, driving patters and economics of private hire drivers using electric cars and the capacity of London’s current network of charging points to support the vehicles.
Around 60% of Uber journeys in the capital are currently made in hybrid vehicles.
Jo Bertram, Regional General Manager of Uber in the UK said: “People already associate Uber with hybrid cars but we now want to go a big step further with fully electric cars on the road from today.
“We are determined to use technology to help tackle the challenge of air pollution in London and across the UK. Our car-sharing service has already saved 1.2 million miles and 211 metric tonnes of CO2. With electric vehicles – and more people sharing their journey and leaving their own cars at home – there’s even more we can do.”
A group of MPs have called on the government to be more ambitious and develop a “clear strategy” to drive the uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles in the UK.