The UK government already has plans to ban petrol and diesel-powered cars by 2040. Uber hopes to go one better, however, and switch over to hybrid and fully electric vehicles by 2022. In London, the company thinks it can manage the same feat by 2019. It then wants every Uber vehicle in the capital to be electric by 2025. To meet these ambitious targets, Uber has unveiled a "Clear Air Plan" that includes a new "Clean Air Fund," a diesel car scrappage scheme and an EV charger network in London.
Abdurzak Hadi has worked as a minicab driver for 10 years, and as an Uber driver in London for nearly three. He came to the UK as a child refugee from Somalia in 1992 and now has a young family but is struggling to support them. His low pay is, like that of many Uber drivers, topped up by the state with working tax credits. His 10-year-old son has been receiving treatment for leukaemia and he hoped that being an Uber driver would allow him the flexibility to arrange his work around hospital appointments and collecting his other children from school, sharing the caring with his wife, but he says the reality has been very different. Hadi regularly works about 40 hours a week for Uber.
Specifically, their median hourly wage is a whopping $3.37, according to a a paper published by MIT's Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, which compiled over 1,100 drivers' data from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Kelly Blue Book, and estimates from Edmunds. The study found that because of the high costs of insurance, fuel, and car maintenance, 74 percent of ride-share workers make below minimum wage in their respective states, and 30 percent actually lose money on their jobs. Drivers earn a median of 59 cents per mile driven, while incurring a median expense of 30 cents per mile. The researchers claim their paper is "one of the first detailed estimates of ride-hailing profit." This is because of, simply put, a collective-action problem.