Free Now, a popular ride-hailing app announced by 2024 all UK taxis would turn into electric and private hire vehicle by 2025. Similarly, the app in Europe has set the goal of making trips zero-emission by 2030.
As a part of Green Pledge initiative, Free Now will be joining hands with drivers and regulators, government and business in the UK and invest over £20 million into supporting drivers to switch from fuel to electric.
Taxi drivers having cab older than 12 yr. have time until 2023, they will have to upgrade to electric can continue to take jobs with Free Now. The riding app also mentioned that by 2024, all non-electric black cabs would be removed from its platform.
Drivers who are driving older TX1 and TX2 black taxis, they will need to upgrade to electric black cab by the end of 2021 to continue working with the company.
Free now, that merged with Kapten in 2020, claim to riding largest electric taxi fleet in Europe and black cabs on the streets of London.
Last year Free Now was the first mobile platform enabling electric booking option for business travelers.
Mariusz Zabrocki, UK General Manager at Free Now said, “As a business we play an integral part in the evolution of the London ride-hailing industry towards greener and cleaner travel. More journeys are being made in zero-emission-capable vehicles, and with the Government’s recent ban on new petrol and diesel cars from 2030, this is only going to increase.
“We are proud to be the only app to offer electric vehicle (EV) booking options, both for PHV and black cab, to enable passengers to choose more environmentally friendly vehicles whenever they travel. We are already at the forefront of this with over half of our taxi trips already being completed in electric vehicles and we have the largest green fleet of black cabs in London.”
He further said, “We are going one step further and pledging to shift to a fleet that is fully zero emission capable as quickly as possible. Working with drivers, passengers, regulators, the Government and businesses we all need to act now to improve air quality in our cities, making them better places to be.”
Under its pledge, the company will be taking actions like:
- Investment of £200 million to support drivers to switch from fuel to electric vehicles
- Sharing data regulators and government to ensure the company has the right infrastructure for the future
- Investing £10 million to help passengers to green
- Focus on preservation and regeneration of forests, including local planting and 20,000 trees across European cities