20 Nissan LEAFs, 30 BYD e6s Join Uber London

SEP 1 2016 BY MARK KANE 5

Nissan LEAF in London

Nissan LEAF in London

50 all-electric cars have joined Uber London in a pilot project to improve air quality.

Nissan supplied a fleet of 20 LEAFs, while BYD added 30 e6.

For Uber its another step to lower emission as already 60% cars into service are hybrids.

Below you can find some statements from the various parties on the new EVs.

Interestingly, there is no mention of the new Transport For London (TFL) legislation that says all new cabs must be “zero-emission capable” from 1 January 2018, and this program might have a little something to do with that.

“Nissan is working with the car hailing service Uber as it embarks on a new, major electric vehicle (EV) project as part of its commitment to tackling air pollution in London and across the UK.

The carmaker has supplied a fleet of 20 all-electric Nissan LEAFs to Uber for use as part of an extensive EV trial in the capital that gets underway today. It is the first time pure EVs have been available for hire through the Uber app in London.”

“Run in partnership with the Energy Savings Trust (EST), the study will look into the feasibility of running large numbers of electric private hire vehicles in the UK.

The EST will research the experience, driving patterns and economics of private hire drivers using electric cars and the capacity of London’s current network of charging points to support these vehicles.

Already 60 percent of Uber journeys in London are made in hybrid vehicles, but the company is keen to explore the environmental and economic benefits of going fully electric ahead of the introduction of the capital’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone in 2020.”

Gareth Dunsmore, head of Electric Vehicles, Nissan Europe said:

“We are delighted to be working closely with Uber on what is a very exciting project that could ultimately lead to major improvements in air quality in London and across the UK. We are confident this trial will prove a success and that Uber will join scores of taxi and private hire operators across the UK and wider Europe in recognising the financial and environmental benefits of Nissan’s market-leading electric vehicles. With the impact of poor air quality remaining a cause for concern, the trial could prove to be a pivotal moment for tackling the challenges in London.”

Jo Bertram, regional general manager of Uber in the UK said:

“People already associate Uber with hybrid cars, but we now want to go a big step further with fully electric cars on the road from today. We are determined to use technology to help tackle the challenge of air pollution in London and across the UK. Our car-sharing service has already saved 1.2 million miles and 211 metric tonnes of CO2. With electric vehicles – and more people sharing their journey and leaving their own cars at home – there’s even more we can do.”

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5 Comments on "20 Nissan LEAFs, 30 BYD e6s Join Uber London"

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Mike

Why is this even news? There are HUNDREDS if not thousands of electric taxi and for-hire vehicles. Have been this way for many years.

Will Davis

not in London

Carcus

Does über now have an e6 test fleet in Chicago?

(We know electric cars are extremely reliable, but will they prove themselves to be “bullet proof”?)

Bryan

Yes, E-rive launched the first BYD e6 car sharing fleet for Uber drivers a little over two years ago. I helped launch E-rive. This was in Chicago and we were the ones that put Uber on BYDs radar and made introductions to the team at Uber. I am fairly certain we were the first ones to ever launch an electric vehicle car sharing program for Uber (or any ride sharing company). I firmly believe this will be the future!

Martin Winlow

No mention of just where, exactly, these cabs are going to rapid charge. At £6 a session the usual suspects won’t be economically viable and sitting in a 3kW charging bay for 4 hours ins;t exactly practical for a taxi… even if you can find one that isn’t ICE’d or one that works.