A taxi company in Dundee is expanding its fleet to a hundred fully electric vehicles, making it the largest in the country.
Dundee is currently vying with seven other cities for £20 million of funding to become the UK’s “electric taxi capital”.
The company has chosen the Evolt Electric Vehicle charge point infrastructure supplied and installed by APT Controls, which its CEO David Young says is the ‘ideal model’ for cab firms looking to go electric.
“The equipment is very well installed, maintained to high levels and we have never had a problem with their use – which is testament to the manufacturer’s quality since each Rapid Charger is in consistent use with approximately 17 and 21 charges every day.”
Now the charging infrastructure is in place, David says that another 100 EVs are currently on order: “Since the EV programme started one year ago, over 30 taxi firms from all over the UK have visited to see our set up,” he says. “It’s an ideal model of environmental success, and Evolt has really helped in driving it forward with its reliable charge points.”
APT Controls was selected after a full tender process as the key supplier to 203020’s fleet of 30 EVs, and has subsequently installed five top-of-the-range 50kW Tri-Rapid chargers, which efficiently charge vehicles in half an hour, and a further ten 7kW chargers that are ideal for quick ‘top ups’.
Justin Meyer, General Manager for Evolt, anticipates an increased role in the future, “The take-up of EVs, and therefore the increased need for charge points, is accelerating and we forecast significant growth in the supply of our EV charging solutions to taxi companies as well as to local councils for their fleets and initiatives.”
Evolt is a company of the SWARCO group.