All-electric taxi to be rolled out across the UK
The taxi has been created by the Dynamo Motor Company – a division of ADV Manufacturing – in conjunction with Nissan – and was unveiled at the Private Hire & Taxi Exhibition at the MK Arena in Milton Keynes last week.
The vehicle has been developed to be used in UK towns and cities. Within Dynamo’s vehicle line-up is a fully working demonstrator London Taxi that, pending approvals, will comply with Transport For London’s stringent Conditions of Fitness as well as exceeding new zero emission capability legislation coming into force in January.
The five-seat Dynamo electric taxi, with full side wheelchair access, will have a range of 100 miles between charging and can be re-charged in only 30 minutes when using a Rapid Charge Post which are growing in numbers around the UK.
Brendan O’Toole, chairman at Dynamo, said this was an exciting development in the move towards all-electric powertrains.
“We’re at the start of the biggest change in the motoring world since the era of Henry Ford because most of us will be driving electric vehicles in the future,” he said.
“This is a pioneering new chapter in motoring and, if anything, driver selection of electric cars will continue to accelerate since they provide zero emissions for the environment which is important as we all continue to learn more about the damage to our health from pollution.
“We have spent several years developing the Dynamo Taxi and we are really proud of it. Our taxis are ideal for urban driving and we believe will play a leading role as regards electric vehicle adoption.
“By 2018, all new taxis bought in London must be zero emission capable and with more and more charging posts being installed throughout the country, I think within a short space of time drivers of electric vehicles will no longer need to make detailed plans for longer journeys because the UK’s major cities and towns will be connected by charging hubs.”
ADV Manufacturing currently supplies complex body and trim assemblies to the world’s leading automotive brands Aston Martin, Rolls Royce, Bentley and McLaren.
The company now plans to start selling the regional Dynamo Taxi vehicle in the summer and is hoping the London version will be on sale in the autumn.
The concept emerged when ADV worked in partnership with Nissan to develop a petrol driven London Taxi, and it became clear that it was not a fossil fuelled vehicle that drivers and cities wanted but an all-electric 100% emission free taxi.
To quicken up the process, ADV/Dynamo used its specialist low volume automotive experience to engineer and develop an electric version of the vehicle.
O’Toole added: “We’re a year ahead of where we thought we would be with our plans for the Dynamo Taxi which was absolutely necessary due to the speed in which the sector is changing.
“The vehicle must tick all the boxes and Dynamo does just that, it’s a smart taxi for smart drivers operating in smart cities. We are looking forward to starting production in our plant in Coventry very soon.
“The city has a long and rich history in the motoring world and we want to continue that tradition.
“Nissan has allowed us to work on its vehicles and has been very supportive of our work and our plans for the future.”
Published: 23 May 2017