Dundee Shortlisted For Share in £20m Electric Taxi Prize

TaxiDundee has been named as one of eight UK cities which have been chosen to move onto the next stage of a bid to win a share in the Office of Low Emission Vehicles‘ (OLEV) £20 million fund to increase the number of plug-in taxis.

Each shortlisted city on the list (which also includes cities such as Birmingham, Cambridge and Sheffield) will recieve £30,000 of government funding towards a feasibility study to support their bid, to be independently carried out by the Energy Saving Trust. Local authorities who did not make the shortlist will still be able to submit bids, but will need to cover the cost of their own feasibility studies, which will provide supporting evidence as to costs of developing low emission taxi fleets in each city, and the installation of charging infrastructure.

STEP is extremely supportive of Dundee’s bid, particularly as Dundee City Council are a core member of STEP through their representation of the Central and East Pollution Control Group.

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Help Shape £20m Funding for Greener Taxis

TaxiIt was announced in April 2014 that the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) would make at least £20m available for an ultra low emission Taxi Scheme, as part of the £500m package to grow the market for ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) from 2015-20. The scheme is open to local authorities, and available UK wide. Funding will be provided for the required infrastructure, which it is hoped could be used by both taxis and private hire vehicles. Local authorities are also being invited to bid for funding to help offset additional costs of purpose-built ULEV taxis.

Feedback is being sought from local authorities, taxi and private hire companies on the preliminary guidance documents for the scheme (view the full document here). OLEV is now inviting expressions of interest for attending Taxi Scheme workshops, to be sent to olev.enquiries@Olev.gsi.gov.uk by 17th December. Places in the workshop will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and may be limited to one per organisation. For more information, visit the main OLEV website here.