The Evolt Electric Vehicle (EV) charge point infrastructure supplied and installed by APT Controls at the Dundee taxi company, “203020” has become an ideal model for cab firms looking to go electric, according to its CEO, David Young. 203020 is increasing its fleet to 100 fully electric vehicles, which will make it the largest EV taxi fleet in the UK. Dundee along with seven other cities is currently aiming for a slice of a £20 million funding pot to become the UK’s electric taxi capital.
APT Controls was selected after a full tender process as the key supplier to 203020’s fleet of 30 EVs and has subsequently installed five top-of-the-range 50kW Tri-Rapid chargers, which efficiently charge vehicles in half an hour, and a further ten 7kW chargers that are ideal for quick top-ups. Evolt came highly recommended, David said,
“Two companies informed me of its reliability and when it came to choosing a product, Evolt really stood out. The equipment is very well installed, maintained to high levels and we have never had a problem with their use – which is testament to the manufacturer’s quality since each Rapid Charger is in constant use with approximately 17 to 21 charges every day.”
Now the charging infrastructure is in place, David says that another 100 EVs are currently on order and will be on the road within six months. He said,
“Since the EV programme started one year ago, over 30 taxi firms from all over the UK have visited to see our set up,” he says. “It’s an ideal model of environmental success, and Evolt has really helped in driving it forward with its reliable charge points. This time next year every vehicle we own will be 100 percent electric, and with that expansions come an increased use of the charge points. Two of our Rapid chargers are already the busiest in the UK, and our original 30 EVs will very soon reach 1,000,000 miles, saving hundreds of tons of carbon emissions.”
Evolt, anticipates an increased role in the future too as Justin Meyer, General Manager, said,
“The take-up of EVs and therefore the increased need for charge points is accelerating and we forecast significant growth in the supply of our EV charging solutions to taxi companies, as well as to local councils for their fleets and initiatives.”
Evolt’s offers a range of both rapid and fast charging solutions that have been installed in many towns and cities across the country.