The UK’s first ever wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging trial will now begin in the city of Nottingham. Displaying brand-new blue and green livery, nine taxis that run on electric battery packs will be taking part, and the new colours will signify their involvement.
The vehicles involved in the test will be four all-electric Nissan Dynamo taxis and five hybrid plug-in LEVC TX taxis. The trial is being funded by the UK’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV).
According to Traffic Technology Today, the Head of Innovation at OZEV, Abdul Chowdhury, commented:
“Investment in research and development is key to our mission of putting the UK at the forefront of the design, manufacture and use of zero emission vehicles. By supporting these innovative technologies, we are helping to deliver our road transport decarbonization goals, while anchoring economic activity across the UK.”
The newly labelled taxis proclaiming their electric charging capability will be available for Nottingham citizens to hail while they collect important data, including battery levels and distances covered on journeys. The trial will end in March 2022.
Many enterprises using fleets, from cab companies to logistics firms, are opting to go electric and use EVs instead of vans and cars that run on diesel and petrol power to support the green agenda of the government.
Companies planning electrical installations in Chester, Nottingham and other UK cities should only hire qualified electricians to fit facilities like EV charge points to ensure all work conforms to the British Safety Standard.