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Uber Offers London Drivers Discounted Nissans After Hiking Fares

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A year ago, Uber Technologies Inc. hiked the price of rides in London and placed the surcharges into a fund that would help drivers switch to electric vehicles. On Friday, Uber said drivers would be able to start tapping into that fund in the form of discounts on electric cars made by Nissan Motor Co.

The two companies agreed to offer 2,000 Nissan Leaf electric cars to Uber drivers in London as part of the program. The average Uber driver in London would save about 4,500 pounds ($5,900) off the cost of a Leaf through a combination of a manufacturer discount and a rebate from the electric vehicle fund, Uber said. The company declined to provide more details on the offer price.