The courier and taxi driver Addison Lee of London has promised to convert his entire fleet of passenger cars by 2023. While the company’s website says it has more than 4,800 cars in the UK capital, its recent acquisition of the black taxi service ComCab It is the largest taxi company in London with more than 7,000 vehicles. It already has 650 zero-emission vehicles in its fleet after the acquisition, but to fully switch to electricity, it has partnered with Volkswagen.
Addison Lee is investing £ 160 million ($ 218 million) to replace its existing fleet with slightly larger Volkswagen ID.4 vehicles. The standard ID.4 has a 77 kWh lithium-ion battery and a range of 250 miles, making it more suitable for city use than for long-distance driving. It has 201 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of torque, at a speed of 100 MPH.
The firm will start by the end of 2021 with 450 EVs, presumably in addition to the 650 electric motors it already has. Then the company plans to add 200 electric cars per month until the entire fleet is replaced within a few years. The firm also plans to set up charging infrastructure for its executives using the new £ 3.5 million (US $ 4 million) Future Mobility Fund it has set up.
If the company succeeds in switching to electricity in 2023, it is ahead of its competitors, such as Uber, which had previously promised to replace its existing fleet with EVs by 2025. which will help the government achieve its goal of a net zero economy by 2050.
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