The first 100% electric and emission free taxi is set for release in London this year offering the industry an alternative choice for the first time since the start of the electric revolution.
The Nissan electric taxi follows the LEVC TX eCity on the streets of London after new regulation put in place by Transport for London means all new taxis registered must be capable of emission free driving.
The Dynamo All Electric Taxi, built in Coventry by Dynamo Motor Company, is based on a Nissan e NV 200 Evalia and can ferry around 5 passengers. Most eye catching for drivers is the retail price of £45,495 after government subsidies/grants.
The new electric taxi also has another huge selling point. Dynamo says it will cost less than £30 per week on electricity and will become the most cost effective taxi in the UK.
If the driver has the facility to have a home charger installed it will cost about £6 to do 174 miles, as opposed to around £35-£40 in current diesel taxis. That’s just 3p per mile, plus servicing is a fraction of the price too.
With the changing world that is under pressure from Diesel engines emitting poisonous gases, the Dynamo, being 100% electric and emitting zero tailpipe emissions is at the forefront of the Taxi world. With predicted strong residual values going forward, the Dynamo is also a sound business investment.
A Dynamo spokesperson said: “Dynamo Motor Company are respectfully and humbly entering into the London Hackney carriage market. The Dynamo Taxi isn’t for everybody, but for those who ply their trade in the City, for those who are open to change and can see the benefits of Electric, it fits perfectly.
“The range of 174 miles really is a game changer in the Electric Taxi market, it helps to remove any anxieties regarding range that drivers perceive. Being the only 100% zero emissions Taxi, drivers who sit in their “office” for up to 12 hours will no longer be breathing in their own poisonous fumes.
“With proven reliability worldwide, running costs of around 3p per mile (home charging) the Dynamo offers huge savings for drivers in the Taxi world.”
The key features of the Nissan Dynamo
Like any business the whole purpose is to maximise profit, whilst giving customers a pleasurable experience. Dynamo hope to achieve all of this with a drive train proven to be reliable over millions of miles over the past 7 years. With fuel costs, as well as servicing costs drastically reduced and Government grants available for purchases, drivers will no doubt be drawn to the Dynamo as a way of future proofing their business. Dynamo are very confident that the new Taxi will deliver much lower running costs than any of its fossil fed counterparts.
The Dynamo is said to have been built with driver comfort a priority. Spending countless hours behind the wheel in whatever weather and driving conditions, drivers need to feel comfortable. Dynamo says the seats and driving position have been designed for extensive use without causing many of the physical issues associated with long hours behind the wheel.
The Dynamo is based on a Nissan – as such is developed and equipped with some of the world’s leading automotive technologies. With access to the UK’s Nissan dealership network, the Dynamo would never be far from support. With its low maintenance needs Dynamo confidentially predict the taxi will offer significantly lower running costs than any fossil fuelled taxi.