All Hail The All Electric Cab

Wed 23rd Oct 2019

London cabbies are going greener than ever following the launch of the new pure-electric Dynamo Taxi.

With a range of 187 miles, the Dynamo is based on a Nissan e-NV200 Evalia and is the first pure-electric since the Bersey, 110 year ago. As well as offering a cleaner option, the Dynamo’s manufacturers are saying that the new cab will save drivers money based on the £25 average they spend on fuel per day compared to the £3-6 they would pay for electricity. According to Dynamo’s research, the average cabbie travels 90 to 120 miles per day, which is weill within the Dynamo Taxi’s range.

“Air pollution is a national health crisis that is stunting the lung development of our children and leading to thousands of premature deaths,” said London mayor, Sadiq Khan.

“We have cut pollution by a third in central London by introducing the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone and worked tirelessly to clean up the bus and taxi fleet.”

He added: “Working with cabbies to go electric is a key part of our plans to improve London’s air quality.

“The Dynamo Taxi will accelerate the retirement of polluting diesel taxis from city streets across the UK, improving air quality, helping to tackle the climate emergency and to create a green economy.

“I’ve been delighted by the number of cabbies who have applied for our £42m fund to trade in their older, dirtier vehicles earlier – doing their bit to improve our filthy air.”

While news of the new all-electric taxi has generally been welcomed by London’s Licensed Taxi Drivers Association, the organisation’s general secretary, Steve McNamara says that more needs to be done to help those who only a few years ago were told that diesel taxis were the way forward.

“We were made to buy them [diesel]. If you want to try to drive a black cab that’s got a tight turning circle, a partition [between driver and passenger compartments] or whatever, you’ve got no choice. I couldn’t go out and buy a Prius. So they made me buy a diesel, and up until 18 months ago, I had no choice, McNamara told The Times.

“Now they’re saying, ‘You know that vehicle we made you buy? It’s really dirty — when are you gonna get rid of it?’ We are a unique case, genuinely. The mayor or someone like the transport minister needs to step in.”