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Electric taxi campaign launched in Coventry

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What’s being hailed as the UK’s most extensive programme for encouraging taxi drivers to upgrade to an electric vehicle has been launched in Coventry.

The Go Electric Taxi scheme includes a range of different incentives worth £2,500 for taxi drivers interested in making the switch to a cleaner vehicle – as well as the opportunity for a two-week test drive for all Coventry Hackney cab drivers.

The initiative, led by Coventry City Council, is supported by a range of companies including, the Coventry electric taxi maker LEVC, Irish energy company ESB, Siemens and the taxi app Gett.

Hackney carriage owners in Coventry will be getting the chance to try out the latest electric cabs produced by LEVC, as part of a scheme to encourage cabbies to understand more about the benefits of electric taxis.

Go Electric Taxi aims to speed up the modernisation of the Coventry taxi fleet and offer a premium, better value, service for Coventarians. All these vehicles will offer laptop charging, mobile phone charging, free wifi, card payment – and zero emission capable driving.

Two thirds of Coventry residents have already said that they would specifically choose an electric taxi, if given the option.



Coventry City Council should also consider hydrogen powered electric taxis (FCEVs) for the City as they have longer range, can be refuelled as quickly as petrol or diesel and do not absorb a lot of energy accelerating a heavy load of battery. Hydrogen powered taxis are already available for hire in London with the Green Tomato company. Coventry University have done a lot of work on hydrogen powered vehicles and have a refuelling station.