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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 6:39 pm 
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Sheffield wins funding for Electric Hackney Taxi Trial

Sheffield City Council has secured funding to introduce a scheme to let local taxi drivers borrow an electric taxi on a trial basis. The scheme will give local drivers hands-on experience of the next generation of the traditional ‘Black Cab’ from summer of 2021.

The fleet of up to 11 vehicles will be available initially for short term trials of 2-4 weeks. They aim to give drivers a hands-on experience of an electric taxi, while being cleaner, greener and saving on the cost of diesel.

Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability said:

“I’m looking forward to seeing our local drivers trying out electric taxis in Sheffield. Changing to electric, especially when you’re driving all day is a big shift and giving local drivers a chance to ‘try before you buy’ will help to make that change easier for some. Sheffield is a hilly city and if an electric cab can cope with a run up Walkley road, they’ll cope with anything”

The funding to purchase the vehicles has been secured from Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with revenue funding to deliver the scheme from Sheffield Council. . The Council will be seeking to procure a delivery partner for the scheme in early 2021.

Electric vehicles also help to reduce NO2, the harmful pollutant from diesel vehicles which can lead to heart disease, strokes and stunting the growth of children’s lungs. The trials will give drivers all the benefits of an electric vehicle without the overhead costs. Many who previously looked to upgrade their vehicles may have had their plans set back by the impact of COVID, which has had a significant impact on drivers of traditional Hackney Cabs.

In keeping with Sheffield’s licensing standards, the taxis will be 100% wheelchair accessible. Taxi drivers looking to charge their vehicles will be able to do so at 27 new rapid charging points being installed across the city and coming online in early 2021, with 10 points reserved solely for taxis.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:00 pm 
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bearing in mind recent stories on here even if they like the vehicle are they really going to take on massive debt so shortly after the Pangolin flu pandemic which is forecast to be over by then :?:

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:20 pm 
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edders23 wrote:
bearing in mind recent stories on here even if they like the vehicle are they really going to take on massive debt so shortly after the Pangolin flu pandemic which is forecast to be over by then :?:


Sheffield council must be awash with spare cash.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 8:44 pm 
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They are also joining other local councils in issuing taxi/PH drivers a £500 grant.

Drivers can apply here. https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/your- ... port-grant

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 10:41 pm 
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Sheffield council giving me money,wow that's a new one.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 10:44 pm 
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I wonder how they are going to select the lucky test drivers?


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rayggb wrote:
I wonder how they are going to select the lucky test drivers?


Based on their fat bank accounts, can't be many drivers that have enough financial clout to be able to splash the cash on £50'000 EV's during this period of financial insecurity and uncertainty.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2020 7:50 pm 
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rayggb wrote:
I wonder how they are going to select the lucky test drivers?

Friends and family of councillors first.

Rayggb last. 8-[

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