This is very good news for the uptake of EVs in London. Private hire vehicles have increased hugely in recent years and Uber seem to be committed to the roll out of EVs in their fleet. Hopefully these charge points will also be available for other road users to use. Air quality a very hot topic in London and other major cities around the world so the push for more low carbon vehicles is welcomed. It will be interesting to see who gets the contract for this roll out, watch this space.
Jo Bertram, regional general manager of Uber in the UK, said: “Our vision is for mass adoption of fully electric cars as private hire vehicles but there are some really big challenges we need to overcome. Charging cars can be costly for drivers and there’s a serious lack of rapid charging points in central London.” Despite 85% of drivers responding positively to the switch to EVs and being impressed with the capabilities of the Nissan, BYD and Tesla models used, participants overwhelmingly reported the network as being insufficient in terms of both the number and distribution of chargepoints across the city. Andrew Benfield, group director of transport at Energy Saving Trust, said: “The study uncovered that there is real potential for many more private hire drivers to use electric vehicles in London, delivering improvements to air quality&reducing carbon emissions.