With the Government planning to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in the UK from 2030, Lease Fetcher, the UK’s first car leasing comparison site, reveals how green current UK taxi/PHV fleets are and which areas of the country are leading the way when it comes to electrifying their fleets.
By sending out Freedom of Information requests to the 25 biggest cities in the UK, Lease Fetcher was able to gather a clear overview of which cities have the greenest taxi/PHV fleets, and provide some unique insight into what the nation's favourite taxi makes and models are.
How green are UK taxi/PHV fleets?
Investigating the fuel spread across the 25 taxi/PHV fleets, diesel still reigns supreme on a national scale. Across the 25 cities, 53.74% of all taxis/PHVs are still diesel-fuelled, and 72.07% if you exclude London. That’s 80,451 diesel taxis/PHVs still on British roads - and that’s only including the 25 largest cities.
However, hybrid electric taxis/PHVs have overtaken petrol-fuelled ones and hold a strong second place with 33.09% of all taxis/PHVs. If London is excluded then the second place is less impressive with 12% hybrid taxis/PHVs.
Industry experts commented on how far away they consider the UK to be from fully electric fleets
“At Cab Direct we continue to see the demand for our electric cars increase, however, drivers all over the country still experience difficulty with charging availability when out on long shifts. We need to see more investment into charging networks before this becomes a feasible way of working for taxi drivers,” says Susan Smith, Cab Direct.
If a fully electric UK taxi fleet is to become a reality, authorities and car manufacturers need to show initiative and invest in developing both affordable vehicles and an EV friendly infrastructure.
The need for manufacturers and authorities to step up has only increased over the last year with Coronarivus causing havoc across the world.
“Many taxi drivers have been hit hard financially by the Coronavirus pandemic. In return, their ability to invest in EV models that are currently more expensive (though cheaper to run) than their combustion engine counterparts is constrained until life returns closer to pre-Covid times,” says Amer Hasan, minicabit.
Greenest taxi/PHV fleets revealed
Looking at electric taxis/PHVs by a percentage of the city’s total taxi/PHV fleet, these are the ten greenest UK fleets
Lease Fetcher provide further information obtained from its FoI request including:
(For the full details refer to their feature via the link at the bottom.)
The future of the UK taxi industry
Susan Smith, Cab Direct says the speed of EV adoption depends on Government support. “Government support is needed to facilitate this move, firstly to increase the availability and compatibility of charge points and also by providing more grants for those who wish to buy electric. The Government should also be investing directly with taxi manufacturers, allowing them to develop more electric solutions at an affordable price point.”
There’s a lot of talk about flying taxis with the news of the UK’s first taxi/drone airport being built in Coventry. Our expert panel all agree that this is not something that will happen in the near future - not as an affordable transport for the masses anyway.
“For flying taxis, a whole new regulatory framework is required that needs to align airspace with ground transport operations, which may need to operate on a national or city level. We might see ad hoc trials over the next five years in the UK's larger cities but it will probably be 2030 by the time a flying taxi service is ready and reasonably affordable for consumers to use,” says Amer Hasan, minicabit.
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