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Electric Taxi Scheme

The Electric Taxi Scheme gives licensed taxi drivers in the following local authority areas the chance to trial a fully electric, wheelchair-accessible Nissan Dynamo taxi E-NV200 for 30 days and view the financial and environmental benefits of zero-emission vehicles.

  • Blaenau Gwent Borough Council

  • Bridgend County Borough Council

  • Caerphilly County Borough Council

  • Cardiff Council

  • Merthyr Tydfil County Borough

  • Monmouthshire County Council

  • Newport City Council

  • Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council

  • Torfaen County Borough Council

  • Vale of Glamorgan Council

  • Pembrokeshire County Council

What's involved in the scheme?

The scheme involves:

  • Use of a fully electric, wheelchair-accessible Nissan Dynamo E-NV200 for 30 days

  • Free vehicle licensing

  • Free breakdown cover (Less vehicles out of battery charge)*

Find out more about the fully electric, wheelchair-accessible Nissan Dynamo E-NV200 (external website)

Evaluation surveys

Before, during and on completion of the trial, drivers will be asked to complete evaluation surveys, and be provided with further information on schemes and assistance available for long term ownership of zero-emission vehicles.

Cost Deposit

The scheme is free to use for the duration of the pilot with the following exceptions:

  • We will secure a £100 deposit which will be fully refunded when the vehicle is returned in a clean satisfactory condition.

  • The cost of vehicle recovery will be made where the vehicle has run out of battery charge*.

Who can take part?

The scheme is provided for Hackney Cab Licence Holders operating within the Local Authority areas named.

To take part in the scheme you must:

  • Be a Hackney Licence holder within the Local Authority boundary you wish to participate within the scheme.

  • Hold a full UK issued 'driving licence' within no more than six penalty points or have been previously disqualified.

  • Be aged between 25 and 75 years of age

  • Not have been involved in more than one blameworthy road traffic collision in the previous 3-year period.

How to take part?

You can apply online to take part in the scheme

What happens after applying?

After applying:

  1. The driver and taxi licence details will be checked.

  2. Our Reservations Team will contact the participant to confirm if they have been successful and discuss potential dates to take part.

  3. The booking will be passed to our respective branch who will prepare the vehicle in readiness for your use.

  4. The vehicle will be handed over to you following a vehicle condition. inspection which will be repeated on the safe return of the vehicle.

  5. A vehicle electric charging card will be provided free to you for the duration of your use.

  6. Your existing hackney licenced cab vehicle can be stored at our branch location for the period of the trial -“Storage Charges will apply

More information

Welsh Government has set a target of de-carbonising the Taxi Fleet by 2028. Schemes such as this will help in achieving this target helping taxi drivers realise the financial and environmental benefits of zero-emission vehicles, which we expect, will contribute to the transition from diesel and petrol vehicles to Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs). 

Where can the cars be charged?

Operators will be required to use existing local or personal charging points.

A 3-pin plug-in charger is supplied with the vehicle for charging via a standard household or business premises socket. A free to use electric charge card will be supplied with each vehicle for the duration of your use.

To find out which charging points are available to you, follow these steps:

Step 1: View EV Charging Station Map - Click here

Step 2: Select Filters and Networks

Step 3: Select Dragon Charging and Swarco E.Connect

Step 4: Click Apply

Once completed, you will be able to view all Dragon Charging and Swarco E.Connect charging stations available to you.

Also, you can find the charging point locations below:

Faulkner Road, Newport: NP20 4PE

Blackwood Bus Station Car Park: NP12 1DN

Osbourne Road, Pontypool (outside post office): NP4 6XA

Glyndwr Road, Cwmbran: NP44 1QS

Caradoc Road, Cwmbran: NP44 1PP

Market Street (Taxi Rank), Barry: CF62 7AS

Crescent Road Car Park Caerphilly: CF83 1XY

Paget Road, Barry (side road off Paget Street): CF62 5TQ

Court Road Car Park, Barry: CF63 4TF

Merthyr Bus Station: CF47 8EU

Taxi Rank adjacent to Ebbw Vale Bus Station: NP23 6HL

Main Street (Taxi Rank), Barry: CF63 2HL

Bargoed - (Gateway): CF81 8AB

Caerphilly Railway Station Park and Ride Car Park: CF83 1HD

Duke Street (Taxi rank), Aberdare: CF44 7ED

Car Park Gwent Shopping Centre Tredegar: NP22 3EJ

Kendrick Road Car Park, Barry: CF63 4HA

Station Road Taxi Rank, Brynmawr: NP23 4NA

How long will it take to charge the vehicle

From almost empty (you should never run the vehicle to below 20-mile range) it will take between 45 minutes and 1 hour to fully charge when using a rapid charger.

What is the battery range of the vehicle

Both Nissan (Manufacturer) and Dynamo (Taxi Converter) quote a battery range of 180 miles, this will be subject to several variations including but not limited to:

  • Throttle Control

  • Road surface

  • Season (heaters/lights/demisters)

Can I extend the trial?

Not currently. The trial agreement is for 30 calendar days and the vehicle will need to be returned on the 30th day of the month, or nearest working day (Mon-Fri).

What if there is an Emergency or breakdown?

In emergency circumstances, the vehicle comes with full UK breakdown cover including Homestart. This cover does not include should the vehicle run out of battery charge.

Can I put my own company details on the vehicle?

Operators are permitted to place magnetic signs which displays the company name and telephone number on both nearside and offside of the vehicle side sliding passenger doors (max 600mm x 300mm).

Can I hand the vehicle back early?

Yes, should the vehicle not be suitable or to your individual taste, you may hand the vehicle back at a time and date agreed.

Can the vehicle be taken back early by scheme operator?

Yes it can. Vehicle telematics will be fitted to the vehicle, with periodic monitoring undertaken. The Scheme Operator shall reserve the right to retrieve the vehicle without notice should the vehicle be used unlawfully, driven inappropriately, or place the reputation of the participating Local Authority at risk.