The Evolt EV charge point infrastructure supplied and installed by APT Controls at the Dundee taxi company 203020 has become an ‘ideal model’ for cab firms looking to go electric, according to its CEO David Young. 203020 is increasing its fleet to 100 fully electric vehicles, making it the largest EV taxi fleet in the UK.
Dundee is currently vying with seven other cities for £20m of funding to become the UK’s electric taxi capital and Evolt is playing a significant part in helping to achieve this.
APT Controls was selected after a full tender process as the key supplier to 203020’s fleet of 30 EVs, and has subsequently installed five top-of-the-range 50kW Tri-Rapid chargers, which efficiently charge vehicles in half an hour and a further ten 7kW chargers that are suitable for quick ‘top ups’.
David says Evolt came highly recommended: “Two companies informed me of its reliability, and when it came to choosing a product, Evolt really stood out. The equipment is very well installed, maintained to high levels and we have never had a problem with their use – which is testament to the manufacturer’s quality since each Rapid Charger is in consistent use with approximately 17 and 21 charges every day.”
Now the charging infrastructure is in place, David says that another 100 EVs are currently on order: “Since the EV programme started one year ago, over 30 taxi firms from all over the UK have visited to see our set up,” he says. “It’s a suitable model of environmental success, and Evolt has really helped in driving it forward with its reliable charge points.”
David says 203020 will have 100 EVs on the road within six months: “This time next year every vehicle we own will be 100% electric and with that expansions come an increased use of the charge points. Two of our Rapid chargers are already the busiest in the UK and our original 30 EVs will very soon reach 1,000,000 miles, saving hundreds of tons of carbon emissions.”
Justin Meyer, General Manager for Evolt, anticipates an increased role in the future: “The take-up of EVs and therefore the increased need for charge points, is accelerating and we forecast significant growth in the supply of our EV charging solutions to taxi companies as well as to local councils for their fleets and initiatives.”
Evolt’s Rapid Charging range of 50kWDC and 43kWAC output systems is made up of two carefully designed products; the Compact Charger and the Advanced Charger. Both are proven systems allowing EV charging at AC and DC outlets on the unit (when enabled). Each unit also has a built in 3G communications modem enabling remote monitoring of the charging process and charging data collection (where needed). And its 7kW dual-socket range is robustly designed and features an intelligent tamper-proof opening mechanism to increase security.