Uber takes steps against diesel cars in London

Uber allegedly used an internal program to interfere illegally with its competitors

The company, which has 40,000 registered drivers in the capital alone, also confirmed it is aiming for all its drivers across the rest of the United Kingdom to switch to electric or hybrid models by the end of 2022.

Uber has said it intends to offer only electric or hybrid models on UberX by the turn of the decade and plans to do the same by 2022 nationwide.

The ban on diesel powered cars will apply to both its UberX drivers and the UberXL service for larger cars.

German makers have agreed to reprogram millions of recent diesel cars to reduce their emissions, while buying back older and far dirtier diesels sold under earlier and even more lax emission rules.

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Uber said it will use only electric cars within London by 2025. Our aim is also for every vehicle using the Uber app in London to be electric by 2025.

Uber is taking its own initiative in the global push toward electrified vehicles. In London, all rides excluding UberPool (these are pretty green already) will rise by 35 pence - with all of the extra revenue going straight into the fund.

"That's why we're today announcing a Clean Air Plan with a series of measures for drivers, riders and cities".

The ride-sharing company says it will give drivers grants up to £5,000 ($6,598) to make the switch to a hybrid or all-electric auto.

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"Air pollution is a growing problem and we're determined to play our part in tackling it", said Fred Jones, Uber's head of United Kingdom cities.

The move follows a flurry of auto companies, including Ford, Toyota and Nissan, announcing their own scrappage schemes in recent weeks in a bid to help drivers of older diesels trade in their cars for cleaner models - or even electric vehicles.

The UK government has also faced pressure to establish a UK-wide scrappage scheme backed by taxpayer money to quicken the switch towards lower emission cars and combat air pollution.

In London, Uber is having problems of its own with the firm facing criticism from unions, lawmakers and traditional black cab drivers over working conditions. At launch they'll be exclusive to Uber drivers, but there's a chance the company will open them up to all EV owners in the future. Similar fees will follow in other United Kingdom cities.

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