Sheffield City Council recently established a new program that allows local cab operators to test drive electric cabs.
The project’s intent is to offer drivers hands-on experience with electric cabs, while also promoting cleaner, greener operations and being cost-effective in terms of diesel.
For two weeks, eight “black cab” type London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVCs) will be accessible.
Sheffield City Council Leader, Cllr. Terry Fox reports that the city’s drivers will enjoy tremendous benefits by transitioning to electric taxis, including lower maintenance costs because refueling the electric model is much cheaper. He also noted that electric cars are healthier for the environment.
The initiative is currently accessible to Sheffield City Council-licensed drivers only, and the experiment will require every driver to pay a deposit and a £50 charge fee.
During the trial, though, taxi operators will enjoy £50 in free charging at the ten taxi-only quick charging stations that have been set up by the council. These would recharge the cabs’ batteries to 80 percent capacity within 45 minutes.
The project will be implemented in collaboration with Sherbet, an electric taxi operator. Sherbet currently runs around 500 electric taxis across the nation.
It is worth noting that all the electric taxis are friendly to wheelchair users as well.
The initiative, which was endorsed in November 2020 by Sheffield Cabinet, is sponsored by the government’s Early Measures Fund in a bid to contain air pollution.
Speaking on the same, the Executive Member for Climate Change, Environment, and Transport, Cllr. Douglas Johnson, said that the electric taxi experiment would truly assist carriers in making the best decision for their business.
Electric taxis will supplement other citywide efforts to clean the air and cut carbon emissions from a major component of Sheffield’s transportation network.
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