Nissan's part of the deal is to provide 20 Leaf EVs.
For the first time ever in London, Uber clients are able to take a ride in a full electric vehicle. It is part of the agreement between the ride sharing service and car manufacturers Nissan along with China-based BYD to provide a total of 50 zero-emissions vehicles. Nissan has already supplied 20 Leafs for an EV trial that Uber is currently running in U.K.’s capital where a study will be conducted over the course of three months to analyze what changes have to be made in order to provide more support for electric cars.
If the trial run will prove to be a success, hundreds of EVs will be added to by 2017, thus joining an already eco-friendly fleet taking into account 60 percent of Uber rides in London are made in hybrid cars. Nissan Europe’s head of electric vehicles, Gareth Dunsmore, is confident the trial run is going to be a success and will help improve the city’s air quality.
Speaking of which, mayor Sadiq Khan is keen on the idea of more EVs on the roads as he has made the promise to turn London into one of the greenest cities in the world. It plans to do so not only by encouraging the introduction of more electric cars, but also by improving the infrastructure with new charging points. In addition, he wants to roll out more low-emission busses and implement higher taxes for the most polluting cars in the city.
Nissan has not specified which version of the Leaf it has delivered for Uber’s trial run, the one with the 24-kWh battery pack or the new version (pictured above) featuring a larger 30-kWh battery. The former has enough energy for up to 124 miles (200 kilometers) while the latter can travel for as much as 155 miles (250 km) before running out of juice, with both figures based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). In United States, EPA estimates the 30-kWh Leaf can do 107 miles (172 km). Nissan has already promised the next-gen Leaf will feature a 60-kWh battery that will last for an EPA-estimated 214 miles (344 km).