Uber to stop using diesel cars in London by end 2019

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The company says diesel cars will get booted from the app, too.

By 2025 all of Uber's cars in London will be fully electric or a plug-in hybrid, the company said. People using uberPOOL trips will be excluded from the 35p addition.

The company's head of United Kingdom cities Fred Jones described air pollution as a "growing problem" but reiterated that Uber was "determined to play [it's] part in tackling it".

The offer came as the company pledged that by the end of 2019, all drivers on its UberX offering will use hybrid or electric vehicles, with no diesel vehicles at all on the app.

It looks as though Uber is jumping in on the efforts in London by offering a significant incentive to any of its drivers that buy and use an electric vehicle.

To help its drivers get there, it has also launched a clean air fund, offering them £5,000 towards the cost of upgrading their auto to a hybrid or an electric vehicle. Uber expects to pay out "well in excess" of £150 million over the fund's lifetime, but curiously is only contributing £2 million to the pot at launch. "Londoners already know many cars on our app are hybrids, but we want to go much further and go all electric in the capital".

To help reach these goals, Uber has launcheda diesel scrappage scheme aimed at removing 1,000 of the most polluting cars from London's roads. However, with numerous company's drivers already using a variety of hybrid models such as the Toyota Prius, most will already meet the future criteria.

"This is a much needed step from Uber which will aid London's air quality", said Beard. Chris Large, of the sustainability charity Global Action Plan, said: "The speed of Uber's commitment to move away from diesel reflects the urgency of action to address our air pollution health crisis". "Other companies and organisations need to follow".

Fred Jones, Uber's head of United Kingdom cities, said that while many Uber cars were already hybrids, the company wanted to go further in supporting efforts to improve air quality. The UK government has also faced pressure to establish a UK-wide scrappage scheme backed by taxpayer money to quicken the switch towards lower emission cars and combat air pollution.