Hackney cab drivers are able to trial new electric vehicles as part of Nottingham City Council’s ambitious plans to offer the cleanest, greenest fleet in the country.
Under the council’s Taxi Strategy, all hackney cabs licensed from 2020 must be at least Euro 6 emissions standard, and from 2025 only Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) will be registered. The council bought the three vehicles following a successful bid to the government’s Early Measures Fund, which supports activities aimed at reducing air pollution in the shortest possible time. Drivers will be able to loan the taxis for 12 days at a time. The council is also investing £700,000 of funding from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles to install rapid charge points across the city. Drivers can also take advantage of a free government plug-in grant worth £7,500.
Drivers interested in the trial would have to pay £50 for the length of the test drive and are advised to contact Nottingham City Council for more details.