When people started using diesel and petrol based fuel vehicles in a wider range, air pollution and environmental problems started to happen, too. In recent years, a great solution for this problem was provided by car companies which were inventing fully electric vehicles and released for public usage. Nowadays, using an electric car is so viral in a way that many Uber drivers are great fans of them. This means, not only the problem of environmental issues is about to be solved, but also people are no longer worrying about staying in long queues of petrol stations and fuel costs.
Here we tried to offer the most useful guide to private hire electric vehicles to use as an Uber driver (or other rideshare apps) in London. Don’t miss to read it!
Our EV guide include:
- PCO vehicle requirements in the UK
- What are the advantages of having a full electric PCO car?
- Where to charge the battery of my PCO car?
- Prices on electric cars to join PHV operators
- Eligible list of electric cars in the UK to join Uber
- Best electric cars to use for Uber
PCO vehicle requirements in the UK
If you are planning to join a rideshare app such as Uber, you need to meet the vehicle requirements in the UK. The requirement list includes:
- The model of the cars has to be 2008 or newer for vehicles in London and 2006 or newer for cars in other cities in the UK.
- The vehicle should be either a four door car or a minivan.
- There mustn’t be any commercial branding and stickers on the car.
- The car has to be in a good condition and no damage to the body should be visible.
- The vehicle needs to have the capacity to carry at least 5 people. (4 passengers and a driver)
- As the final requirement, you need to get a PCO vehicle license for your car.
At the end of the article you can read more about the eligible vehicles in the UK to join Uber or other PHV operators.
What are the advantages of having a full electric PCO car?
There are multiple reasons to persuade you to use an electric car instead of a petroleum based fuel vehicle to become an Uber driver that you can read them in the following list:
You can simply save more money by having a full electric car. The savings can be £30 to £200 or even more, per week. In more details the savings are going to be done on:
Those Uber drivers who use a full electric car won’t need to pay a daily congestion fee of £15 when they enter central London areas during the peak time of 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. This means saving £15 per day! Consider if they have a daily ride to this zone, so that about £100 is saved in a week.
Full electric cars don’t need petrol as fuel at all. It means saving at least £30 per week. Consider those who paid more, can save more as well. Although you need to pay for charging your EV, this cost is much less than petrol expenses.
Ultra low emission zone or ULEZ charge is the daily charge you need to pay for entering the areas regardless of the time and the day. Although rules might be changed in future, currently there is no need for full electric vehicles to pay the ULEZ charge of £12.5 per day. Another big save in a week!
Have higher earnings
Uber drivers who use a full electric vehicle can increase their earnings up to 15% per mile as the clean air fee.
What is Uber’s clean air plan?
This is a scheme by Uber with three main goals:
- Reduce the cost of upgrading the vehicle to a full electric one.
- Increasing the earnings of Uber drivers.
- Support the Mayor’s vision of a cleaner London.
Helping the environment
By using a full electric car, not only helping the air pollution is fulfilled but also you can become an environmentally friendly Uber driver! This means being the change for the future people of the earth and helping them to have clean air too.
Where to charge the battery my PCO car?
You can either charge the electric car in your house or at charging points. Here is more details:
Charging in house
Use the come in cable of the car to charge the vehicle before having trips. It will help you to save even more on charging expenses. Charging in house would also have 2 ways:
- Using the mentioned cable and let the car be in charge for about 20 hours to be fully charged.
- Equip your house with a wall/pole-mounted home charger by asking an electrician to have a faster charge for less than £8 fee in about 8 hours.
Fast charging points
You can also have a fast charge in case of need for about 20 or 30 minutes in rapid charge points provided by TfL (transport for London) in different parts of the city. Up to now, there are more than thousands of fast charging points only in London!
Prices on electric cars
Many people assume that hiring a full electric car to join Uber is not reasonable as it costs more. As we mentioned, you can save up to £200 or even more per week by using an electric vehicle as your PCO car. So, don’t you think that it’s worth it paying £50 more on electric cars to save £200?
One of the most popular full electric vehicles hired in the UK by Uber drivers is the Kia Niro PCO car which is available in G&M Direct Hire for £220 rental fee.
Eligible list of electric cars in the UK to join Uber
The list below claims the accepted car companies by the UK that you can find either your favorable electric car or a non-electric car to join Uber. This list is provided by Uber’s official website. (the list is in alphabetical order)
- Alfa Romeo
- Changan Ford
- Harley Davidson
- JAC Motors
- Land Rover
Best electric cars to use for Uber
As the mentioned list of the car brands is too busy, you might get confused to use the best electric car for Uber in London. Therefore, it is not a bad idea to know the top 5 full electric PCO cars in London, so that you can decide better.
- Nissan Leaf
- Kia Niro
- Hyundai Ioniq Electric
- Volkswagen ID-3
- Chevrolet Bolt
At the end, it is up to you to choose your preferred car.
In the days of the environment being in danger, you can be the change to help maintain the earth a better place for future generations. This change can be done by using a full electric vehicle instead of petrol based cars. In this article we mentioned how you can save more money as an Uber driver by having a full electric vehicle and a complete list of accepted vehicles by Uber in the UK. You also got familiar with 5 of the most popular electric cars used by Uber drivers.