Addison Lee, a London-based private taxi and courier hire company and the UK’s largest private car hire company, today announced that its entire fleet will become fully electric by here 2023. Its current fleet currently stands at around 4,000 cars.
No more electric taxis to London
The company said it would spend Â£ 160m ($ 219m) to switch to electric vehicles two years ahead of all of the other major private rental vehicle operators in London, including Uber.
Addison Lee partners with Volkswagen to purchase IDs. 4. It will be the largest purchase of electric vehicles by a private rental provider in the UK.
From November, the taxi company will put 200 Volkswagen ID.4s on the roads of London every month.
Liam Griffin, CEO of Addison Lee, said of the charging infrastructure of their soon-to-be-huge fleet:
With just over 300 fast chargers in London, the charging infrastructure to support this switch is not yet in place. That is why we have been busy researching electric vehicle charging partners to provide innovative solutions to meet the needs of our drivers, and we hope to be able to share information on this soon.
Earlier this year, Addison Lee bought the London taxi fleet operator Comcab, which consists of 650 electrified black taxis.
I think the VW seller who brokered this huge deal is in line for a really nice fruit basket.
Billing Companies: This is one hell of a chance. Write your proposals now.
Anyone who has spent a lot of time in London knows how ubiquitous Addison Lee cars are. Heck, if I added it all up, I probably spent almost two years of my own life being transported by Addison Lee cars late at night after working long shifts in the newsroom.
This will reduce the emissions of the British capital. Or, as Addison Lee puts it, “20,000 zero emission journeys every day in London”.
The business has always been reliable and efficient, in my opinion. From now on, they will be environmentally friendly. This is a great announcement on the occasion of Zero Emissions Day and good news ahead of COP26.
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