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).
Gallery: Nissan Leaf Acenta+ introduced in the U.K.
ALL-ELECTRIC NISSAN LEAF JOINS UBER LONDON FOR AIR QUALITY PROJECT
- 20 all-electric Nissan LEAFs supplied for trial with car hailing service Uber
- Run in partnership with the Energy Savings Trust, study will look into feasibility of running electric private hire vehicles in the UK
- First time fully electric vehicles have been available in the UK via the Uber app
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.
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.’
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.
Nissan forged the EV market in 2010 with the launch of the first generation Nissan LEAF. Fast forward to 2016 and it remains the world’s best-selling EV with more than 230,000 on the road globally. With a focus on bringing Intelligent Mobility solutions to the masses, Nissan recently introduced a new 30 kWh battery model that delivers 26 percent more range versus the previous generation model, and up to 155 miles of driving range on a single charge*.
With running costs as low as two pence per mile*, the Nissan LEAF and the larger Nissan e-NV200 Combi have already proved their worth as taxis and private hire vehicles. In fact, hundreds are now in operation in towns and cities, having clocked up tens of thousands of fares and more than three million pure EV miles.
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.’