Since Uber launched their Clean Air Plan, drivers have been making lots of savings towards owning a fully electric Uber Car.
That’s why we wanted to put together a simple guide that explains the Uber Clean Air Plan, and how to make the most out of it.
If you’re already familiar with the plan, then you can also click here to jump straight to our Uber Clean Air Plan Calculator, which can help you decide how to start using it.
What is the Uber Clean Air Plan?
London is moving towards a zero-emission future and Uber is committed to lowering air pollution.
Uber has other reasons for encouraging this switch too. Since April 2019, the Congestion Charge and ULEZ have increased driving costs for many PCO drivers. That cost is now £27.5, and is expected to rise even further over time. Electric vehicles will be exempt from the Congestion Charge (until 2025), which is why Uber wants to help as many drivers as possible make the transition sooner rather than later.
Previously a Clean Air Fee was collected for every trip you picked up between 16 January 2019 and 14 March 2022, in London inside the M25. And the money raised will go towards to price of an upgrade to an EV PCO car.
From 11:59pm 14 March 2022, the Uber Clean Air Plan has changed:
- The Clean Air Fee will no longer be applied to trips in London.
- PCO drivers who have accumulated funds will continue to be able to use the EV assistance on our popular Rent 2 Buy, Rent 2 Buy +, and PCO Car Hire schemes.
- PCO drivers who are already driving an EV will no longer receive the additional 3p per mile Clean Air Fee. Instead, you’ll receive 15% higher rates (compared to UberX) on all Uber Green trips.
Can I use the Uber Clean Air Fee with Otto Car?
Yes, Otto Car is one of only a few approved lenders on the Uber Clean Air Plan.
Since Otto Car is a preferred Uber Vehicle Partner in London, we have an exclusive program available to Uber Partners wishing to purchase or rent a car using your Uber Clean Air savings.
How will Uber Clean Air Plan Work with Rent 2 Buy & Rent 2 Buy +?
Please note that you must have earned a minimum of £100 with the Uber Clean Air Plan to get a discount on our Rent 2 Buy and Rent 2 Buy Plus schemes. This was recently reduced down from £1,000 to help even more Uber drivers get an electric PCO car on our PCO car ownership schemes.
The amount that will be discounted will rely entirely on how much money you’ve banked.
We thought that the simplest way to show you how the scheme works is with the calculator below.
Simply select the electric PCO car you’re interested in, and use the slider to show how much money you’ve saved with the plan so far.
Please note that you cannot use your banked fees as a down payment on our Rent 2 Buy & Rent 2 Buy + schemes, it can only be used to reduce your weekly payments.