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Cambridge installs rapid chargers to boost EV taxi use

Cambridge's new EV chargers in use

Cambridge City Council has selected eVolt UK to supply EV charging points across Cambridge for its Ultra Low Emission Vehicle Taxi project

Two new rapid electric vehicle chargers have been installed in a central Cambridge car park to encourage more of the city’s taxi fleet to make the move to less polluting EVs.

The rapid chargers, which can provide 80% charge to an electric taxi in just 30 minutes, have been installed on behalf of Cambridge City Council in Adam and Eve Car Park off East Road, using funds granted following a successful bid to the government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).

Funds, totalling GBP426,000 from OLEV, along with additional contributions of GBP100,000 each from the Greater Cambridge Partnership and the city council, will be used to install more than 20 rapid chargers in Cambridge and surrounding areas by 2020.

Six chargers will be installed by the end of September 2018 at three locations: Castle Hill car park, Arbury Court car park and an on-street location in Newmarket Road. The project is part of the council’s emerging Air Quality Action Plan, which will set out priorities for improving areas of poor air quality and maintaining areas of good air quality over the next five years.

One of the plan’s priorities, supported by this project, is to increase the number of electric taxis operating in the city. In addition to installing new rapid charger points, changes to taxi licensing regulations and incentives for taxi operators have been introduced to encourage the shift from diesel vehicles to low or zero-emission alternatives.

The charge points are supplied, installed, run and maintained by eVolt a UK supplier with operational support from Electric Blue, a company with considerable experience supporting electric taxis.

Source: Cambridge City Council

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