Uber and Nissan have announced that they are launching "a new, major Electric Vehicle (EV) project". The project starts with preliminary test of an all-electric fleet of 20 Nissan LEAFs in London, starting September.
The project will be examined by the Energy Savings Trust (EST), in order to look into the usefulness of running large numbers of electric private taxis in the UK.
Uber says that nearly 60 percent of Uber journeys in London are in electric vehicles, but the company wants to take things a step further to control the air pollution in London with all-electric vehicles.
The Regional General Manager of Uber in the UK, Jo Bertram, said, "People already associate Uber with electric cars, but we now want to go a further step with fully electric cars on the road from today. We are aimed to use new technology to control 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 Carbon dioxide. With electric vehicles, people sharing their journey and leaving their own cars at home."
Nissan says that the LEAF will come with the new 30 kWh battery pack option for the 2016 models, which can run 172km on a single charge.