In a premiere for the British capital, patient Uber users in London will be able to take advantage of a completely green ride, with two major automakers providing the EV force.
The ride sharing service and Nissan as well as Chinas BYD have entered an agreement that sees the Japanese company providing 20 Leafs for an EV trial that Uber is currently running in the capital. The total will go up to 50 autos as the study lasts for three months and strives to find out what implementations and changes are needed to make the use of electric cars as easy as their ICE counterparts. If the tests are successful, the company will start adding hundreds of EVs through 2017 – Uber already has 60 percent of its fleet made up of hybrids in London. Of course, Nissan Europe’s chief of electric vehicles, Gareth Dunsmore, said he was confident in the trial’s success and the fact it would improve the city’s air quality.
London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, has also been a big supporter of electric vehicles in the city – aiming to introduce more such vehicles and also improve the needed infrastructure. He also decided to introduce low-emission buses and have bigger levies imposed on the most polluting cars. Nissan has not announced which of the two leaf versions have been provided to Uber for the trial – the base 24-kWh battery pack or the new, higher capacity 30-kWh battery.