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Black Cab Green

Black Cab Green will deliver a robust forecast of the uptake and impact of plug-in taxis and private hire vehicles within the Greater London area, which will support ambitions for London to become one of the world’s leading low carbon cities.

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Start date: 01/09/2017
End date: 01/08/2018
Budget: £175,000

Transport for London (TFL) have introduced new license requirements that all new black cabs will need to be zero-emission capable from 2018 and the same for all new mini cabs from 2020. This aligns with the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy ambition that all taxis, private hire vehicles and public sector car fleets will be zero emission capable by 2033.

The study will establish what needs to change on the city’s electricity network, to prepare for a future when all of the 60,000 black cab and minicab drivers switch to zero-emissions vehicles. The project will also develop a long-term strategy to work with the capital’s taxi drivers and the wider industry in the coming years as the electrification of taxis increases.

This project measures the only tangible EV transition as mandated by legislation for London. It is the most accurate geospatial data on LV network risk for an EV customer segment.

The project aims to better understand planning models for the electrification of taxi and private hire vehicles. This work will also provide recommendations to inform a future strategy for deploying smart solutions.


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