ZEC Taxi (2)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 30th October 2019.

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How has the Mayor calculated the number of taxi dedicated rapid charger points required in relation to the rising ZEC taxi uptake?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

As part of the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Taskforce, Transport for London (TfL) has completed modelling to estimate the likely requirement of vehicle charging points for London in the future. The taskforce was informed by different users, including taxi drivers, and the modelling was based on likely rates for switching to electric vehicles, the size of the fleet, average distance travelled and energy efficiency for different vehicle types. Scenarios based on people’s preference for more rapid charging or more slow, overnight charging were also tested. The figures were then presented in the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Task Force Report (June 2019), which is available here: http://lruc.content.tfl.gov.uk/london-electric-vehicle-infrastructure-ta....

The Task Force report recommended that most chargers should be open to everyone because restrictions to a single user group have been shown to reduce utilisation and therefore the viability of the charger. There are however exceptions to this, for example some dedicated points will be needed for taxis in central London. To specifically support their operation, TfL has already installed 73 taxi dedicated rapid charge points as part of the TfL Rapid Charging Infrastructure Project.