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How the Clean Air Plan Works

January 16, 2019 / United Kingdom

How the Clean Air Plan Works

A Clean Air fee of 15p per mile will be applied to every trip picked up in London (within the M25). The Clean Air fee will only apply to miles travelled on a trip, and will not include miles travelled to the pick-up location.

The money raised will go towards helping drivers upgrade to an electric vehicle (EV). This money will be contributed by the rider and will not come out of your fares.

Every driver using the app in London will be able to get assistance to help them move into an electric car. The amount of support drivers will receive will be based on the number of miles they have driven on the app – the more miles driven, the higher the support.

You’ll be able to claim EV assistance once you meet the following criteria:

  • Reached the minimum threshold of £1,000 EV Assistance 
  • Completed at least 150 trips in the past 8 weeks

After upgrading to an EV, drivers will continue to receive the additional 15p per mile as part of the trip fare to support the additional financial costs of being in an electric vehicle. As this is part of the trip fare, it will be subject to service fee.

 
What is the benefit?

We’re committed to playing our part in making towns and cities cleaner. Driving an EV will lower air pollution levels and help you to avoid the costs of entering the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and Congestion Charging Zone, both of which will apply to private hire vehicles that don’t meet emission criteria from 8 April 2019.

Most vehicles will need to meet new exhaust standards or pay a daily charge.

Who is eligible?

All drivers who hold a private hire licence with TfL and drive on the Uber App are eligible for the Clean Air Plan. Drivers joining the platform in the future will also be eligible.

Full terms and conditions about eligibility are available at this link.


Using the Clean Air fee

As part of the Clean Air Plan, 15p per mile will now be applied to every trip picked up in London (within the M25). The money raised will go towards helping drivers upgrade to an electric vehicle (EV).

The amount of money drivers can access will depend on how many miles are driven on trips. See below for examples.

Drivers who want to buy an electric vehicle
  • Mo drives around 40 hours a week and completes around 200 miles a week on trip. He wants to buy his own an electric vehicle. One year after the launch of the Clean Air Plan means Mo will have about £1,500, after 2 years he has £3,000 and after 3 years he has around £4,500 to put towards his new electric vehicle.
  • Emma drives around 20 hours a week and completes 100 miles a week on trip. She also wants to buy her own electric vehicle. After 2 years of saving Emma has around £1,500 and after 3 years she has around £2,250 to put towards her own electric vehicle.
Drivers who want to rent an electric vehicle
  • Anna drives around 40 hours a week on the Uber platform and completes around 200 miles a week on trip. She wants to rent an electric vehicle. After about 1 year of saving she has £1,500 to put towards discounts on an electric vehicle rental.
  • Tomasz drives around 20 hours a week on the Uber platform and completes around 100 miles a week on trip. He wants to rent an electric vehicle. After about 1 year of saving he hasn’t quite reached £1,000 minimum threshold. After 18 months, he has £1,100 and is ready to rent a vehicle.

The right electric vehicle for you

There’s a growing number of electric vehicles on the market, with more arriving every year. Learn more about some of the facts about driving an EV and take a look at the models available from our vehicle solution partners and the different options for buying and leasing. We’re also working to provide new deals across a range of electric vehicle makes, including XL and EXEC models.

Did you know…
  • There are several new EVs coming out from 2019. The latest EVs coming out in 2019 will have a 60kWh battery and can do over 200 miles on 1 charge
  • You can fully charge your EV overnight for around £7 with home charging
  • A regular car has thousands of moving parts. An EV has far less, meaning it’s cheaper to repair and maintain
  • There are new rapid chargers being installed in London every day. With a rapid charge, you can charge your EV in 30 mins
  • EVs are exempt from road tax, ULEZ, zero emissions zones and congestion charges
Explore your options

PURCHASE    
Approved Dealer

Otto Car

Vehicle

Click on the manufacturer’s website to find out more

UberX
Nissan Leaf, Kia Niro EV, Hyundai Kona
Contract type Hire purchase Rent-to-buy

Price and range

Price differs based on battery size. See vehicle specifications for more details on vehicle range

40kWh / ~160 mile range
£125/week

60kWh / ~240 mile range
£145/week

40kWh / ~160 mile range
£215/week

60kWh / ~240 mile range
£250/week

Deposit £2,000 non-refundable £500 non-refundable
Term 5 years 4 years (option for 3 years at different costs)
Insurance and maintenance Not included Included
Mileage 36,000 (per annum included) 36,000 (per annum included)
Test drive available 3 days free of charge
Compatible chargers All accept Type 2 charging cables
Link to dealer’s website

http://www.ottocar.co.uk/

Please contact Otto Car for a full list of terms and conditions

 

RENTAL      
Approved Dealer

Otto Car 

Drover

Vehicle

Click on the manufacturer’s website to find out more

UberX

Vehicles include: Nissan Leaf, Kia e-Niro EV, Hyundai Kona

UberX

Vehicles include: Nissan Leaf, Hyundai Ioniq EV, Hyundai Kona, Kia e-Niro EV

UberEXEC

Tesla Model S

Contract type

Rental

Flexibility in renting

Rental

Price and range

Price differs based on battery size. See vehicle specifications for more details on vehicle range

40kWh / ~160 mile range
£250/week

40kWh / ~160 mile range
£230/week

60kWh / ~240 mile range
£250/week

100kWh / ~335 mile range
£400/week
Deposit £500 refundable £99 non-refundable membership fee £99 non-refundable membership fee
Term 89 days 89 days 89 days
Insurance & maintenance Included Included Included
Mileage 36,000 (per annum included) 55,000 (per annum included) 55,000 (per annum included)
Test drive available 1 hour free of charge 7 days free of charge 7 days free of charge
Compatible chargers All accept Type 2 charging cables All accept Type 2 charging cables
Link to dealer’s website

http://www.ottocar.co.uk/

Please contact Otto Car for a full list of terms and conditions

https://pco-ev.joindrover.com/

Please contact Drover for a full list of terms and conditions

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Claiming EV Assistance – the process

  • Uber will be in touch when you are eligible for EV Assistance. Once you are eligible, take a look at the EV vehicle options available from Uber’s approved dealers, Otto Car and Drover.
  • If you are ready to upgrade to an EV, you should contact Otto Car and Drover directly and inform them you are eligible to claim EV Assistance. Please see contact details for approved dealers in the table above.
  • If you decide to upgrade to an EV, you can place your order directly with Otto Car or Drover. When you place your order you will need to pay a deposit (£500 for rental or rent-to-buy, £2000 for hire purchase).

Please note: For rental, rent to buy and hire purchase, EV Assistance is not taken off the deposit. EV Assistance will reduce your weekly repayments on your EV. EV Assistance will be paid directly to an approved dealer. EV Assistance will always be paid directly to the approved dealer.

Charging your electric vehicle

London has a rapidly growing network of free and paid for electric vehicle charging points. If you have off street parking (such as a private driveway or garage) at your home, you also have the option of using a home charger, so you’re always ready to hit the road.

Rapid charge points

You can charge an electric vehicle in 20-30 minutes using a rapid charge point, compared to 5-8 hours on a slow or home charging unit.

We have already partnered with ChargePoint to provide a number of rapid charging stations in central London to existing drivers of electric vehicles. TfL has committed to installing 150 rapid charging points by the end of 2018 and at least 300 by 2020. We are currently working with third party providers to help improve the charging network.

Finding a charge point

If you don’t have home charging capabilities, Zap Map is a great way to find your nearest charge point. You can download the app and quickly locate your nearest place to charge.

Batteries vs combustion engines

Electric vehicles are powered solely through a battery. The size of the battery is what largely determines the range of the vehicle (how many miles it can drive before needing to be charged again). The ideal battery size is 60kWh for a private hire driver, as it can average around 240 miles per charge.

Home charging

For drivers who have access to off-street parking (such a private driveway or garage), we would recommend installing a home-charger for cheap overnight charging.

In order to speed up the charging process, drivers can purchase a wall-/pole-mounted home charger, which requires installation by an electrician. Once installed the home charger gives 7kWh of charge, meaning a 60kW battery can be charged fully overnight.

The charger is usually fixed to a wall (inside a garage if available, or on an exterior wall next to the drive), and some models come with a fixed cable to plug into the car. The electricity is charged at home rates (about 13p per kWh, depending on the time of day), meaning that an EV with a 60kW battery can be charged for less than £8.

Most electric vehicles will also come with a standard 3-point plug for charging the vehicle. This plugs into the wall, and provides 3kWh of charge, meaning a 60kW battery would take 20 hours to charge.To find out more about Home Charger installers and Government grants available, take a look at this handy guide from ZapMap.


Regulations impacting Private Hire Drivers

Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)

To help improve air quality, an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be in place in central London from 8 April 2019. Most vehicles will need to meet new exhaust emission standards (ULEZ standards) or pay a daily charge of £12.50 to travel within the area of the ULEZ.

See map of Ultra Low Emission Zone here.

Minimum emission standards

  • Petrol: Euro 4
  • Diesel: Euro 6

The ULEZ will be enforced based on the declared emissions of the vehicle rather than the age. However:

  • Petrol cars that meet the ULEZ standards are generally those registered with the DVLA after 2005, although cars that meet the standards have been available since 2001
  • Diesel cars that meet the standards are generally those registered with the DVLA after September 2015
  • Use TfL’s tool to check your vehicle here.

Charges (if ULEZ standards NOT met)

The Clean Air Plan is designed to help you access a vehicle that meets the new emissions standards rather than pay a daily charge.

  • Daily charge: £12.50
  • Penalty charge: £160 (reduced to £80 if paid within 14 days)
Congestion Charging Zone

Previously, private hire vehicles (PHVs) were exempt from paying the Congestion Charge. However, TfL announced in December that from 8 April 2019, PHVs will no longer be exempt. This means that PHVs will need to pay the Congestion Charge if they travel within the charging Zone during charging hours (7am – 6pm, Monday to Friday).

PHVs designated as wheelchair-accessible vehicles will remain exempt, as long as they are fulfilling a private hire booking (i.e. on a trip).

See detailed map of Congestion Charging Zone here.

TfL will also offer a Cleaner Vehicle Discount (CVD):

  • PHEVs (Plug-in Hybrids) will remain exempt until October 2021.
  • Fully-electric vehicles will remain exempt until December 2025.

Charges (if NOT exempt from Congestion Charge)

The Clean Air Plan is designed to help you access a vehicle that meets the new emissions standards rather than pay the congestion charge.

  • Charge during congestion hours: £11.50 if paid in advance or same day, or £10.50 with auto-pay
Zero Emission / Ultra Low Emission streets

All petrol, diesel and older hybrid vehicles (any vehicle emitting more than 75g/km of CO2) will incur a fine if they travel within the new ultra-low emission streets. This zone is only active weekdays between 7am – 10am and 4pm – 7pm to help reduce air pollution in the area.

The first area currently affected is in Hackney and Islington (Ultra Low Emission). We expect this to be implemented across more streets in London boroughs over the next few years.

More information here.

Charges (if emission standards NOT met)

The Clean Air Plan is designed to help you access a vehicle that meets the new emissions standards rather than pay the congestion charge.

Charge

  • Hackney & Islington penalty charge: £130 (reduced to £65 if paid within 14 days)
The Clean Air Plan is subject to the full terms and conditions, which are available here.


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