First look at new electric taxis destined for Wolverhampton
Nov 18, 2017 Marion Brennan
Cllr Alan Bolshaw, left, with Alastair Fairgrieve of the London Taxi Company
Cllr Alan Bolshaw, chairman oWolverhampton Council’s licensing committee
behind the wheel of the TX Electric taxi alongside Alastair Fairgrieve of
the London Taxi Company, at Grand Station
Taxi drivers and council officers from across the UK got their first look at
the new all-electric taxis that could soon be on Wolverhampton streets.
The taxi forum at Grand Station in the city centre showcased the London Taxi
Company’s TX Electric taxi [pih] and the Dynamo Motor Company’s all-electric
It was a chance for representatives from the taxi associations in the city
to find out more about the types of taxis on offer ahead of new electric
vehicle charging points being installed in the city centre.
The Dynamo is now on sale, with the TX Electric available for order.
It will be launched in London next month and in the Midlands in 2018.
Wolverhampton Council was handed £478,000 government funding in March to
help fulfil a long-term plan to increase the number of electric taxis in the
The Office for Low Emission Vehicles(OLEV) has since confirmed the electric
charging network can also be made available for public use.
An initial 24 charging points will be installed over the next three years,
with the aid of funding from a private sector partner, and the first points
could be in place by summer 2018.
The management of the project will be put in the hands of a specialist
private partner, who will be responsible for building, operating and
marketing the network as well as providing 24/7 service, maintenance and
The OLEV funding follows the Government’s announcement that it plans to
phase out sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040.
The widespread introduction of electric cars in the city would have
significant environmental benefits such as a reduction in vehicles’ exhaust
emissions to help improve local air quality, reduced carbon emissions and a
reduction in traffic noise, say council bosses.
Councillor Steve Evans, cabinet member for city environment, said electric
vehicles would bring many benefits. He added: “We are working closely with
the taxi drivers in the city on this project and we are delighted OLEV has
allowed us to broaden the scheme out for public use.
“Electric vehicles bring many benefits. They improve air quality and public
health, make the city more attractive, support the economy of the Midlands,
and support innovation and transformation, as well as helping to reduce
“The idea of bringing on board a private sector partner also means we don’t
anticipate any need to use council funds.”
[© 2017 MNA]
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