Launch of Dundee’s first and largest electric taxi fleet
21 March 2015
Dundee’s first and largest electric taxi fleet was launched this week.
The fleet of 30 pure-electric Nissan LEAFs operated by Dundee-based 203020 Electric - part of the Tele Taxis Group, is now in 24-7 service in and around the City of Discovery.
With 30 vehicles all entering the service at the same time, it’s one of the UK’s single largest electric vehicle (EV) fleet deals. The deal will soon become bigger as 203020 Electric aims to replace its entire 60-vehicle fleet with LEAF and e-NV200 EVs over the next 12 months.
The move will save Tele Taxis Group hundreds of thousands of pounds in fuel each year. The LEAF and e-NV200 costs just 2p a mile to run.
What’s more a bank of five rapid chargers that can charge the taxis to 80% capacity in 30 minutes, has been installed at the taxi company’s headquarters in Isla Street to keep the new fleet in use around the clock. These are also available for public use and currently free to charge from. The Energy Saving Trust (funded by Transport Scotland) continues to offer EV advice and grant funding for charging facilities to interested organisations across Scotland.
Derek Mackay MSP, the Scottish Government’s Minister for Transport and the Islands launched the fleet. He was joined at an official launch event by executives from Transport Scotland, the Energy Saving Trust, Dundee City Council and Nissan - all have invested and advised on the project.