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PostPosted: Tue Sep 28, 2021 11:40 am 
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Green Taxi Pilot for Denbighshire

https://businessnewswales.com/green-tax ... bighshire/

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Denbighshire is hosting the only North Wales pilot of a zero emission green taxi scheme.

The Welsh Government has set a target of de-carbonising the taxi fleet entirely by 2028 and Denbighshire County Council is one of a select few local authorities in Wales taking part in the pilot.

It will operate a try before you buy initiative, allowing hackney licensed taxi drivers to try the vehicle free of charge for 30 days, including free electric charging at specific locations in Denbighshire, vehicle licensing, breakdown cover and insurance.

Denbighshire has four wheelchair-accessible Nissan Dynamo E-NV200 taxis to use as part of the pilot.

The associated charging infrastructure will also be installed, this will consist of four 50kw rapid chargers with two being located in Rhyl and two in Prestatyn.

Cllr Brian Jones, Lead Member for Waste, Transport and the Environment, said: “We are delighted to be taking part in this Welsh Government-funded pilot which will help taxi operators discover the benefits of greener zero emission vehicles.

“There are ‘rapid’ charging points due to be installed in North Denbighshire and we are seeking enquiries from operators based in the North of the county for the first phase of the pilot scheme.

“This is one of a number of projects we are undertaking on electric vehicles as a Council which will create healthier surroundings and reduce carbon emissions in Denbighshire.”

In 2019 the Council declared a climate change and ecological emergency which included a commitment to make the authority net carbon zero by 2030 and enhance biodiversity across the county.

The Council’s Climate and Ecological Change Strategy was adopted in 2021.

The Council is also developing other electric vehicle initiatives including expanding the Council’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure to enable the Council to operate less diesel vehicles and increasing the number of low emission fleet vehicles it uses.

Work will also include installing electric vehicle charging infrastructure for the public to use to charge their electric vehicles in eight Council owned public car parks.

Taxi operators in Denbighshire are being encouraged to take part in the pilot and can find more information at http://www.denbighshire.gov.uk/electric-taxi or electrictaxi@denbighshire.gov.uk


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 28, 2021 11:41 am 
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The associated charging infrastructure will also be installed, this will consist of four 50kw rapid chargers with two being located in Rhyl and two in Prestatyn.

Takes up to an hour on a rapid charger, range 180 miles best-case-scenario, and purchase cost around £50k.

I'm guessing that if they weren't aware of the pros and cons already, this trial would make drivers aware of the almighty fannying around an EV would entail unless they have their own home charging point. So to that degree the council's free trial could misfire and underline the downsides to drivers :?


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2022 5:58 pm 
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As I predicted, the free trials have highlighted the downsides to drivers, by the looks of it at least. So reading beyond the PR blather and suchlike, wouldn't be surprised if the 'positive and useful feedback' was that one of the big pains in the backside is the so-called 'range anxiety', so they're now trialling a longer range vehicle :-o


New long-range green taxi goes live as part of Denbighshire pilot scheme

https://www.rhyljournal.co.uk/news/2059 ... ot-scheme/

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A NEW addition has been added to a pilot taxi scheme in Denbighshire.

Following feedback gained through the hosting of the only North Wales pilot of the zero emission green taxi scheme, Denbighshire County Council (DCC) has introduced a new longer-range electronic vehicle.

The Welsh Government, who is funding the scheme, has set the goal of de-carbonising the taxi fleet entirely by 2028.

DCC is one of a select few Welsh authorities taking part.

Since it began in the county during autumn 2021, 59 taxi drivers have got behind the wheel of four wheelchair-accessible Nissan Dynamo E-NV200 taxis to use as part of the “try before you buy” scheme.

Hackney licensed taxi drivers can try the vehicle free of charge for 30 days, including free electric charging at specific locations in the county, vehicle licensing, breakdown cover and insurance.

Up to now, the taxis have covered 56,759 miles and have operated across Prestatyn, Rhyl, Bodelwyddan, St Asaph, Denbigh, Ruthin and Corwen.

And now, following input from drivers using the scheme, the current fleet will be joined by a Kia EV6.

The Kia can cover up to 328 miles on a single charge and is designed to allow taxi drivers to confidently work a complete shift, including airport transfers, without the need for charging.

Cllr Barry Mellor, lead member for environment and transport, said: “This is one of a number of projects the council is running on electric vehicles which will help create healthier surroundings and reduce carbon emissions across the county.

“We have had a lot of positive and useful feedback from the drivers who have taken part in this scheme to try out these zero emission taxis and learn about their benefits.

“One of the areas suggested was to look at bringing in longer range vehicles to assist with transport outside of the county and back.

“This vehicle will provide a spacious, modern and luxurious environment for passengers with comfortable surroundings, no noise, vibrations or tailpipe emissions.

“It also helps us continue to source feedback on the use of zero emission vehicles during day to day taxi operations without compromising on service delivery and also demonstrate the fuel savings and impact against climate change that electric vehicles currently offer.

“We are looking forward to listening to the experiences of drivers using this taxi to help us continue to map out the future of this green scheme.”

The vehicle will only be available to those drivers that have already participated in the scheme without serious incident and spaces are currently limited to 10 x 30 day hires in the next 12 months.

Expressions of interest to participate will be done the same way, through the DCC website, and will open towards the middle of August.


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has introduced a new longer-range electronic vehicle.
so is that transistor drive rather than electric then ? :lol:

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