The first fully approved, 100 per cent electric Black Cab has made its debut in London.

UK-based Dynamo has unveiled the first 100 percent electric, zero emission, ‘Hackney Carriage’ black cab for London that has been officially approved by Transport for London (TfL).

The last time London streets saw an electric taxi was during the reign of Queen Victoria 120 years ago.

The Bersey Taxi, was introduced in 1897 and was operational until 1899, with a range of 50km between each recharge.

The new Dynamo Taxi is based on a Nissan e-NV200 Evalia MPV.

It has a range of up to 300km from a single charge (WLTP City), far more than the average distance taxi drivers cover daily, and is compatible with 50kW CHAdeMO rapid charging.

The average taxi driver in London covers a distance of 150 to 200km a day, spending roughly £25 in fuel a day.

Using a home charger, it will cost Dynamo Taxi drivers £3-£6 in electricity to cover the same distance, saving drivers nearly £20 a day in running costs alone.

To curb emissions, Transport for London has introduced new, tougher, licencing requirements for new taxis, limiting their emissions to 50g/km CO2 and a mandatory zero emissions range of at least 50km.

Any new taxi vehicle has to meet these emissions criteria to operate within London***.

The Dynamo Taxi is expected to accelerate the retirement of current diesel taxis from city streets across the UK, improving air quality. Taxis currently account for 16 per cent of all vehicle nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions in central London, according to TfL figures**.

London has also committed to being a zero carbon city by 2050, with plans to introduce local zero emissions zones on top of the current ULEZ.

Research by the Mayor’s office has found the London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone has reduced roadside Nitrogen Oxide pollution by a third since its introduction in April.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said air pollution is a national health crisis that is stunting the lung development of our children and leading to thousands of premature deaths.

“We have cut pollution by a third in central London by introducing the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone and worked tirelessly to clean up the bus and taxi fleet,” he said.

“London’s black cabs are known around the world, which is why I am pleased to launch the first all-electric London black cab by Dynamo.

“Working with cabbies to go electric is a key part of our plans to improve London’s air quality. The Dynamo Taxi will accelerate the retirement of polluting diesel taxis from city streets across the UK, improving air quality, helping to tackle the climate emergency and to create a green economy.

“I’ve been delighted by the number of cabbies who have applied for our £42 million fund to trade in their older, dirtier vehicles earlier – doing their bit to improve our filthy air.”

The Dynamo Taxi costs £55,495, and is eligible for £7,500 in Government Plug-in Car Grant funding bringing the price down to £47,995 for drivers, making it very competitive in the EV taxi market.

In Australia, the majority of taxi owners have switched to the Toyota Camry Hybrid, but receive no Government support.

Dynamo Taxi Spec Sheet

e-NV200 Evalia Specification
Motor80kW electric motor
Motor typeAC synchronous
Maximum motor output                    80kW/109 PS
Maximum torque*254 Nm
Maximum rpm10,500
Battery typeLaminated lithium-ion
Capacity40 kWh
Number of battery cells192
On board charger6.6kW
Rapid charging capability50kW
Charging cable6-metre long / 3.5Kg weight
Transmission typeAutomatic
Gear ratiosSingle speed gearbox
Driven wheelsFront
Suspension frontIndependent MacPherson strut
Suspension rearTorsion beam axle
SteeringElectric, power assisted
Braking systemFriction and regenerative
Front brakeDisc/283mm
Rear discDisc/292mm
Turning circleUnder 25-feet
Overall height1,893 mm
Overall length4,560 mm
Gross vehicle weight2,220 Kg
Wheelbase2,725 mm
Overhang front987.2 mm
Overhang rear846.6 mm
Track front1,530 mm
Track rear1,530 mm
Ground clearance125mm
Overall width without mirrors1,755 mm
Overall width including mirrors2,011 mm
Front and rear tyre size195/65R15
Range300km (WLTP City) / 200km (WLTP Combined)
Electricity consumption**165 Wh/km
Acceleration (0-60mph)14 Seconds
Max speed122km/h

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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