Dundee’s Electric Taxi Fleet Launched by Transport Minister
Dundee have made history by launching one of the UK’s largest electric taxi fleets into service for the first time.
It has a fleet of 30 pure-electric Nissan LEAF’s operated by 203020 Electric, they are a part of the Tele Taxis Group and are now in operating a 24-7 service in and around Dundee.
Its offering a zero emission mobility which makes a significant contribution to improve air quality in the city and will further enhance the city’s reputation as a leader in green transport.
The historic first journey was taken by Derek Mackay MSP, the Scottish Government’s Minister for Transport and the Islands, around City Square.
The official launch event was joined by executives from Transport Scotland, the Energy Saving Trust, Dundee City Council and Nissan – organisations that have all invested and advised on the project.
They are 30 vehicles all starting service at the same time, and it will be one of the largest UK’s single largest electric vehicle fleet deals. The deal will soon get bigger as Tele/Taxis 203020 Electric are planning to replace their entire 60-vehicle fleet with more Nissan LEAFs and the larger Nissan e-NV200 Combi over the next 12 months.
The move into electric will save the company hundereds of thousands of pounds in fuel each year, as the LEAF and the e-NV200 just costs two pence per mile to run.
The models will also be charged from 80% in just 30 minutes using a rapid charger, and a bank of five have been installed at the taxi companys HQ. This will keep the new fleet toppped up and in constant service around the clock. The chargers have been paid for by the Transport Scotland’s ChargePlace Scotland project, and are all available for public use and currently free to charge from.