Taxi drivers need one thing to make the switch to EV – to be sure that it will do at least what their current petrol or diesel cab will do. Anything less isn’t worth bothering with.
In simple terms, they want something with a decent range and can charge up whenever they need to so they can be on their way again in a matter of minutes.
Plans for a £36 million city-centre pedestrianisation scheme have come under fire from private hire taxi drivers who would be banned from the area, while black cabs would still be allowed to operate.
And STV News reports that Edinburgh Council could face legal action from at least one private hire boss who called the decision to ban PHVs “ludicrous”.
The lack of fast and reliable EV charging points has been one of the biggest barriers stopping taxi drivers from making the switch to electric.
Drivers of black cabs and private hire vehicles need to spend more time on the road than they do charging their vehicles in order to earn a living.
According to the office of national statistics, there are approximately 330,000 taxi drivers in the UK – so it is no surprise they are all flocking to price comparison websites to save money on their taxi insurance!
Just like most things in the UK, the taxi insurance market is changing.
The country’s newest Clean Air Zone came into operation on Monday and means many taxi drivers have to pay more to use Bradford’s streets.
It has taken four years to bring in, and now only vehicles such as EVs, that meet greener standards, will avoid the charges.
Technology is being used to show taxi drivers how electric vehicles can help their business and the environment.
Cheshire West and Chester Council have teamed up with EB Charging for a pilot scheme which will see telematics devices installed in a selection of petrol and diesel taxis in the area.