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Uber announced Friday a deal with Nissan to provide up to 2,000 electric Nissan LEAFs to drivers in London at a discount.

The big picture: Electrifying vehicles used by mobility services is important for keeping emissions from ride-hailing in check as it grows.

The intrigue, via CNBC: "The deal with Nissan arrives at a difficult time for the company, which faces being blocked in the U.K.’s capital after Transport for London (TfL) stripped it of its license."

  • "Uber has since appealed the move, and can continue operating in the city while it fights the ban in the courts," they note.

How it works: Some of the money for the program will come from the "clean air fee" that Uber began charging in London a year ago, which supports a fund to help drivers go electric.

  • Uber said it has raised roughly $105 million thus far, and expects to raise over $260 million more over the next few years.
  • Ultimately, Uber hopes to have all London rides be electric by 2025.

Go deeper: Big corporate players launch new electric vehicle group

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Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

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Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.

Far-right figure "Baked Alaska" arrested for involvement in Capitol siege

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The FBI arrested far-right media figure Tim Gionet, known as "Baked Alaska," on Saturday for his involvement in last week's Capitol riot, according to a statement of facts filed in the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia.

The state of play: Gionet was arrested in Houston on charges related to disorderly or disruptive conduct on the Capitol grounds or in any of the Capitol buildings with the intent to impede, disrupt, or disturb the orderly conduct of a session, per AP.