As cities become bigger and more congested, local and state governments continue to look for solutions to improve air quality. One way governments can do this is to encourage drivers to buy hybrid, PHEV, or EV cars, which eliminate harmful emissions in the city and have a lower carbon footprint.
In London, Uber has partnered with car providers like Splend to help drivers access EV cars through their Clean Air Plan.
We’ve created a quick guide to the Clean Air Plan to help you navigate your options and see how you can claim your benefit.
What is Uber’s Clean Air Fund?
Uber has established a fund to subsidise electric car prices at partnering car dealers, helping drivers make the switch to electric cars.
The Clean Air Fund is like a savings account, but instead of you putting part of your earnings aside, Uber charges your riders a small fee. You can then access the money raised this way when buying a new electric car.
Context: Uber aims to become the first fully electric rideshare provider in the world by 2040. They’ve appointed London as the poster child of their commitment, where they plan to have a 100% electric fleet by 2025. This also supports the Mayor of London’s vision of a cleaner, healthier London.
What is Uber’s Clean Air Fee?
The Clean Air Fee is a 3p/mile extra charge that Uber riders pay for trips in London (within the M25). This 3p fee applies to all Uber products including UberX, XL, and Access, and it all goes to the driver’s personal fund.
Once a driver has upgraded to an EV, they receive the extra 3p/mile as part of the fare.
Think of it this way – the more you drive, the more you earn once you upgrade to an electric car:
- If you drive full-time (45 hours/week), you earn approx. £700 more in a year
- If you drive part-time (20 hours/week), you earn approx. £310 more in a year
- If you drive as a side-hustle (14 hours/week), you earn approx. £220 more in a year
*calculated with a 10-mile hourly average
Where is Uber’s Clean Air Fund available?
Uber’s Clean Air Fund is currently only available in London.
How can Uber drivers claim the Clean Air Fund?
- Uber will reach out to you when you’re eligible for EV Assistance.
- You’ll be asked to contact an approved dealer such as Splend, and inform them that you’re eligible to claim EV Assistance.
- You can place your order for your new car directly with the approved dealer.
How do I know if I’m eligible for EV Assistance?
To be eligible for EV Assistance you need to gather at least £100 in Clean Air Fees and have at least 150 trips completed in the last 8 weeks.
How much can Uber drivers claim from the Clean Air Fund?
The amount depends on the number of miles you’ve driven on the Driver app. The more you drive, the larger the amount drivers can claim.
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