There are an estimated 40,000 UK deaths per year attributed to poor air quality, one of the main causes (25% of all emissions) being highly polluting diesel and petrol vehicles. As local authorities look for answers in dealing with this issue, taxis, which are directly controlled by the local authority, represent a simple first target. Taxis accumulate high mileages in urban centres so if they ‘go electric’ the local authority delivers immediate environmental benefits by reducing emissions and additionally raises confidence in the wider community about electric vehicles (EVs) in general.
Electric vehicle technology has largely overcome early challenges so implementing these new, emission free technologies offers a highly visible, economical and sustainable solution. Uptake of electric vehicles has been relatively slow, due in some part to misconceptions such as limited range (known as range anxiety) - EVs are no longer ‘milk floats’ and can now outperform their petrol/diesel counterparts.