Uber is to install a total of 700 new EV chargers across north and east London, following an agreement between the company and three London boroughs.
The fast chargers will be installed on streets in Newham, Brent, and Redbridge, boosting London’s overall charging network by more than 7%.
Uber is investing £5m in the chargers, working in close collaboration with each borough to determine where they should be installed.
This is the first time that boroughs have worked with a ride-hailing company to directly install chargers on London’s streets. The chargers will be Uber branded and available for everyone to use.
More than 5,000 EVs are currently on the Uber app in London, driving more than one million electric miles per week.
Uber is on track to more than double this number by the end of the year and to become an all-electric platform in the capital by 2025.
More than 90% of new vehicles joining the Uber app are now fully electric, compared to 11.6% of new vehicles in the mass market in 2021.
Over a quarter of EV chargers in the capital can be found in Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, and Hammersmith and Fulham.
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.”