Updated: Dec 4, 2022
Popular London taxi driver and YouTube Creator Tom Hutley has published his latest video where he test drives the unique electric Clipper Cab taxi.
Tom Hutley, a London taxi driver and successful YouTuber with more than 50,000 subscribers, appeared behind the wheel of an iconic TX4 black cab that had been converted from diesel to fully electric.
Clipper Automotive, a tech start-up firm that specialises in electric vehicle (EV) conversions, has said a fleet of FULLY ELECTRIC black taxis could be made available to drivers in some regions costing as little as £230 a week.
In the quest to speed up its green credentials, the taxi industry may have found an interim solution to quickly convert more of its current fleet into more cost effective and environmentally friendly taxis.
The firm behind the technology, Clipper Automotive, was set up by two experts in their field, Dr Alexander Howard and Janosch Oppermann. Their aim has always been to turn diesel black taxis into Zero Emission Capable (ZEC) vehicles.
The London taxi industry has already invested heavily in EV taxis since new vehicle regulations were introduced in January 2018. Since then over 6,000 electric taxis have been licensed by Transport for London (TfL), leaving roughly 8,000 licensed diesel cabs still working in the capital.
Hutley’s YouTube channel has been a massive hit with viewers ever since it first launched in March 2020. The London black cab driver and qualified taxi guide completed the ‘Knowledge of London’ in 2017 after 3 years of studying. Four years into the job he now has a fast-growing channel on YouTube and has recently launched his own blog.