LONDON (Reuters) – Tesla cars from Wednesday will be available to Uber drivers in London who want to buy or lease a green vehicle as part of an incentive scheme to increase the use of electric cars, the ride-hailing app said .
Since Uber introduced a clean air charge, which adds 3 pence (4 cents) to every mile of a passenger journey in London, more than £ 135 million has been raised for drivers to use for environmentally friendly models at discounted rates with partners like f .ex. Nissan and Kia.
Tesla will join the scheme, Uber said Wednesday, just over a week after announcing a partnership with rental company Hertz to offer 50,000 Teslas as a rental option for its ride-hail drivers by 2023 in the United States.
Over 4,000 Uber drivers have switched to electric cars in London, giving the app more fully electric cars there than in any other major global city.
“There is still a lot of work to be done to drive a green recovery and clean up urban transport, but the progress we are seeing in London is significant and as a city we are a global leader,” said Uber’s Northern and Eastern Europe chief Jamie Heywood.
Reporting by Costas Pitas; editing by Sarah Young