For the first time, London’s ride-hailers will have the opportunity to be picked up in a fully electric Uber bearing the iconic MG badge. Ride-hailing rent-to-buy provider WeFlex, which has recently launched a 100 percent electric vehicle offering, is making 200 brand new MG5 EV electric vehicles (EVs) available.
These will be offered to both existing and would-be professional ride hailing drivers and will be available before the end of 2021. WeFlex have plans for over a thousand over the next couple of years.
In London, there are currently around 1,600 Uber operators using electric cars out of over 50,000 drivers. Uber has committed to be 100 percent electric by 2025 and also plan to invest five million in public electric car charging infrastructure in London
WeFlex plans to play a key part in this move to EV’s with a short-term aim to reach 5,000 electric vehicles, with MG playing a key part in the company’s development strategy.
Geraint Isaac, national fleet sales manager for MG Motor, said: “Ride-hailing services such as Uber are ideal for the MG5 EV as the combination of the car’s pricing and range is unbeatable. As services such as Uber move towards a zero-emissions future we’re delighted that MG is going to play a key part and believe we have the perfect vehicle for the job.”
Nicko Williamson, WeFlex Founder, said: “All-electric is the only way to clean up London’s air and travel in a truly environmentally sustainable way, whether you’re going to a business meeting or to the pub. We’re committed to providing practical solutions to help achieve this. These are excellent electric vehicles that drivers want to drive and that passengers want to ride in.
“The MG5 EV is a major new addition to our fleet, offering riders a comfortable, spacious, environmentally friendly option wherever their journey is taking them, and providing drivers with the perfect balance of range, features and value. The vehicle’s range of 214 miles (344km) also means no range anxiety for our customers.
“It’s a great value vehicle, meaning we can price it competitively and the extra boot space inherent with the estate design means it’s perfect for the airport run, when things are eventually back to normal. We are really excited to be making so many of these vehicles available via WeFlex.”