British Asia Network - Shahzad Sheikh
London 24 October 2019 - UK-based company has launched the Dynamo fully electric taxi for London, officially approved by Transport for London (TfL). The Dynamo Taxi is based on the Nissan e-NV200 already in popular use as a New York Taxi.
The last time London had a 100% electric taxi was 120 years ago, when Queen Victoria was still on the throne. The Bersey Taxi, was introduced in 1897 and was operational until 1899. It had a range of 30 miles between each recharge.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “Air pollution is a national health crisis that is stunting the lung development of our children and leading to thousands of premature deaths. 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.
“London’s black cabs are known around the world, which is why I am pleased to launch the first all-electric London black cab by Dynamo. 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 £42 million fund to trade in their older, dirtier vehicles earlier – doing their bit to improve our filthy air.”
Brendan O’Toole, founder and CEO of Dynamo, said: “The UK’s new car market is experiencing an electric revolution, with record numbers of fully electric vehicle registrations taking place each year. Electric vehicle technology is now a viable alternative to petrol and diesel vehicles, and it’s imperative the UK’s taxi market changes with the times.
“The Dynamo Taxi is the UK’s first Transport for London-approved fully electric taxi and is designed with both drivers and passengers in mind. With a low starting price, and a reliable vehicle architecture in the Nissan e-NV200, we are offering a truly unique solution to the tens of thousands of taxi drivers in London and cities across the UK.”
New Minister for the Future of Transport, George Freeman said: ““The Government is supporting the growing uptake of electric vehicles, investing nearly £1.5billion through our Road to Zero programme, and £400 million through a joint Government and industry Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund for electric charging.”
The Dynamo Taxi is expected to accelerate the retirement of current diesel taxis from city streets across the UK, improving air quality. Taxis currently account for 16% of all vehicle nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions in central London, according to TfL figures.
To curb emissions, Transport for London has introduced new, tougher, licencing requirements for new taxis, limiting their emissions to 50g/km CO2 and a mandatory zero emissions range of at least 30 miles. Any new taxi vehicle has to meet these emissions criteria to operate within London.
London has also committed to being a zero carbon city by 2050, with plans to introduce local zero emissions zones on top of the current ULEZ. Research by the Mayor of London’s office found the London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone has reduced roadside Nitrogen Oxide pollution by a third since its introduction earlier this April.
Speaking at the launch Kalyana Sivagnanam, Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd. Managing Director, said: “Nissan has been pioneering modern electric vehicles for nearly a decade now and we are keen to showcase how viable our EVs are and the role they can play in shaping the future of zero emission mobility.
“The e-NV200 launched in 2014, of which the Dynamo Taxi platform is based on, has proven its worth with over 25,000 vehicles sold in Europe, making it the top selling LCV electric vehicle in Europe to date.
The average taxi driver in London covers a distance of 90 to 120 miles a day, spending roughly £25 in fuel a day. Using a home charger, it will cost Dynamo Taxi drivers £3-£6 in electricity to cover the same distance, saving drivers nearly £20 a day in running costs alone. Based on the Nissan e-NV200 Evalia MPV, the Dynamo Taxi has a range of up to 187 miles from a single charge (WLTP City) – far above the average distance taxi drivers in London cover daily – and is compatible with 50kW CHAdeMO rapid charging.
The Dynamo Taxi costs £55,495, and is eligible for £7,500 in Government Plug-in Car Grant funding bringing the price down to £47,995 for drivers, making it very competitive in the EV taxi market. Each Dynamo Taxi is re-engineered into a wheelchair-accessible vehicle capable of carrying up to five passengers by Dynamo at its Coventry headquarters.
Dynamo has fully engineered the interior of the e-NV200 Evalia MPV for the taxi market, including the latest in contactless payment solutions, passenger and driver convenience. Drivers will benefit from a built-in infotainment system, heated seats and steering wheel, while passengers have custom-built seating, and an enlarged glass roof for extra lighting. To satisfy Transport for London approval, Dynamo has reduced the Nissan’s turning circle to meet the TfL’s 25-foot turning circle requirements, allowing it to tackle the tightest of London’s streets.
The Dynamo Taxi comes with Nissan’s eight year / 100,000 mile battery warranty, five years / 60,000 mile warranty on EV dedicated components, and three-year / 60,000 mile general warranty. The Nissan e-NV200 lithium battery warranty also protects against capacity loss below nine bars of capacity (out of 12) for a period of eight years /100,000 miles. Parts modified by Dynamo are covered by Dynamo’s own three year / 60,000 mile warranty.
Drivers can currently view the taxi at Dynamo’s London dealership in Colindale, NW9, which opened in June.