Uber has announced a £5 million investment in charging points for electric vehicles (EVs) across boroughs in London.
A total of 700 new chargers will be installed on the streets in Newham, Brent and Redbridge following an agreement with the three boroughs.
Uber will work with each borough to determine where the chargers should be installed, boosting the overall charging network in London by more than 7%.
Jamie Heywood, Uber General Manager for Northern and Eastern Europe said: “Drivers often tell me that being able to access reliable charging near their homes is critical to their decision to switch to an electric vehicle. By targeting investment where it is most needed, we are confident that thousands more drivers will make the switch to electric, allowing them to benefit from lower running costs and higher earnings on Uber.
“Ensuring that everyone can access EV charging will spark a mass transition to electric vehicles and help drive London towards a greener future.”
More than 5,000 EVs are currently on Uber’s app in London, driving more than one million electric miles per week.
The organisation is on track to more than double this number by the end of 2022 and become an all-electric platform in the capital by 2025.
Cllr Krupa Sheth, Cabinet Member for Environment at Brent Council added: “We are very excited to be embarking on this partnership with Uber that will help increase the number of EV charging points even further in Brent. These charging points will provide greater accessibility for residents who do not have off-street parking, thus helping us promote the use of zero emission vehicles.
“This partnership is part of a number of initiatives on our journey to achieve zero carbon emissions in Brent by 2030.”