Uber to invest £5m for public EV charging stations in London
Uber has taken a pledge to invest more than £5m in public electric vehicle charging infrastructure in some of the poorest boroughs in London to help the drivers to switch to the electric cars.
The ride-hailing company has made an announcement about the investment that only a fraction of the money needed as it is looking to highlight the imbalance across the capital in the installation of charge points.
As per the company analysis, the concentration of chargers is far higher in affluent boroughs, such as Kensington and Westminster, than in the areas where its drivers live more. Drivers in boroughs such as Newham and Tower Hamlets are also less likely than residents of south-west London to live in houses with driveways that allow them to charge electric vehicles overnight.
Uber to invest £5m
Jamie Heywood, Uber’s regional general manager for northern and eastern Europe said that the £5m funding would be invested by 2023 in areas that lack the charging infrastructure they need to support electric vehicles.
The company is looking forward to work with the borough councils in Newham, Brent and Tower Hamlets to decide how it should be spent.
“Drivers consistently tell us that having reliable, accessible charging near where they live is a key factor when deciding if they should switch to electric.
“If we address this challenge for professional drivers now, it will help create a mass market for electric vehicles in the years to come. As we all know this is critical if the UK is to achieve our goal to be net-zero.”
At current, there are only about 1,000 Uber vehicles in London that are fully electric and the company aims that all 45,000 cars on its app should be electric by 2025.
Uber partners with Lithium Urban Technologies to deploy 1k EVs in India
A ride-hailing company Uber has made an announcement that it has partnered with electric vehicle fleet operator Lithium Urban Technologies to deploy over 1,000 EVs in Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune.
It has said it has already deployed more than 100 such electric vehicles including all sedans such as Mahindra eVerito and Tata Tigor EV, on its platform in the next 12 months. The company has said that it has remained committed to scaling up to 2,000 electric vehicles on its platform including lithium EVs.
Prabhjeet Singh, president, Uber India and South Asia said that “After our partnerships with Yulu, Mahindra and SUN Mobility, this is our fourth partnership in this space and Uber will always remain committed to providing smarter mobility, building greener cities and creating healthier lives.”
The lithium charging hubs have the capacity to charge multiple cars and buses simultaneously. These fast chargers can charge a sedan in 90 minutes and a slow charger takes 8 to 9 hours to charge.
Uber has recently announced that it has committed to making all the rides 100 per cent emission-free by 2040 through zero-emission vehicles and by incorporating public transport and micro-mobility.
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