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It has been revealed today that Plan taxi insurance broker has been working with Dynamo for a number of months in preparation for the new cab hitting the roads and ranks of London, and has been selected by Dynamo Cabs as their preferred insurance partner.
Plan said they have always been very passionate about supporting the trade through its transition to the use of new vehicle technology.
They confirmed that they lobbied on behalf of the trade to overcome insurer concerns regarding the unknown replacement part costs and repair times for the vehicles.
The firm said the insurance industry is notoriously cautious when it comes to innovation and the move to electric was a large step into the unknown for them.
However, their persistence has helped to allay these concerns and brought another provider into the market.
Plan has subsequently been able to aid the work of Nottingham & Derby Councils by apportioning central government funding that the councils received towards insurance costs of taxi drivers licensed in these areas.
These efforts have played a significant part in making the move to higher-value vehicles more affordable, Plan have said.
The release of the Nissan Dynamo Cab comes after a long journey, spanning several years. Originally a Nissan production, they decided against progressing it due to changes in regulatory requirements.
The project was instead picked up by Dynamo Motor Company, who purchased 100 of Nissan’s original vehicle designs – based on the Nissan e-NV200 – and made a number of modifications.
These included higher ceilings, the removal of the front passenger seats and several alterations to enable the vehicle to be wheelchair accessible.
After extensive tests undertaken by the DfT and TfL, the Dynamo Cab is now ready to order.
“We’ve been covering a growing number of LEVC vehicles since their initial launch,” said Dan Severin, Head of Sales & Scheme Development at Plan, “but we’ve always been great believers in choice and it’s fantastic that fleet operators and drivers now have two really strong options to select from.
“Both vehicles offer a distinctive proposition for drivers and we believe that this can only be positive for the trade.”
Dan continued: “We’ve got some more exciting projects in the offing that should be able to further assist drivers when making the move over to electric vehicles. For many, it’s a big step and new ownership models are needed to make the sums work. But, for those prepared to embrace the change, there are great opportunities and we are keen to help where we can.”
John Heath, Development Manager at Dynamo, said: “The Dynamo Taxi is our solution to pollution. It’s driver-friendly, emission-free and fully accessible to passengers, and has gone down extremely well with those who have already seen it. We believe that the vehicle will help drivers with all aspects of their journey. Our target is to distribute over 500 Dynamo Taxis in the next 12 months, with that figure hopefully doubling the following year.”
Plan said that the Dynamo Taxi’s range will easily be able to exceed the 124-187 mile combined cycle which the manufacturer recommends and retails at £47,995.
The insurance premium is also comparable to that of a traditional diesel taxi, they confirmed.
The vehicle is already available for the public to order from Dynamo.