CHIEF EXECUTIVE of Addison Lee, Andy Boland, has called for the installation of more rapid electric charge points in London for minicabs and taxis.
In an open letter, Mr Boland, wrote: “As the operator of London’s largest fleet of executive private hire vehicles, we believe it is time for concerted action on the electric charging infrastructure on the roads of the capital.
“NHS figures show that 9,000 deaths in London annually are related to air pollution, with the economic impact estimated at £3.6 billion a year.”
Independent research by leading economist Rebecca Driver shows that converting a single private hire vehicle to electric would deliver an equivalent benefit to converting ten family cars.
But we cannot go electric until the infrastructure is in place. There are 75 rapid charge points in London with 300 planned by 2020. But, Dr Driver’s study shows that if 25 per cent of London’s taxis and private hire vehicles go electric, 2,135 charge points would be needed to keep them moving. And these would need to be rapid charge points rather than the low-level ones that are installed in many locations.
“We commend the mayor’s commitment on air quality and would welcome the intervention of both Transport for London and the Government on the installation of new infrastructure to allow our industry to move towards new technology.”