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Electric vehicle charging: Taxis

Luton

VolkerSmart Technologies installed electric vehicle charge points (EVCP) at four taxi bays, for Luton Council, on Station Road, Park Street, Cheapside and Chaud End Lane.

The EVCPs will help encourage taxi drivers to switch to electric vehicles, contributing to a reduction in Luton’s carbon footprint and helping to achieve the Council’s target of reaching net zero carbon by 2040. The units are recorded on an app, which identifies the location of EVCPs in the UK. A search function allows drivers to filter the results, to meet their exact requirements.

VolkerSmart Technologies delivered a turnkey solution – from design, procurement of materials and metered connections, to installation, civils and electrical works and commissioning.

To ensure the units are future-proofed, the team used NAL sockets with conversion plates, so when technology evolves, the infrastructure underneath can be left in place, resulting in minimal impact or cost to the client.

  • Installed four EVCPs
  • 55-kilowatt chargers
  • Delivered a turnkey solution
  • Electrical design
  • Three phase metred connection
  • Rapid charging
  • Designed using futureproofed NAL sockets with conversion plates
  • Quick and efficient installation
  • Touchscreen user interface
  • Modern look and feel
  • Delivered in adherence to client programme, budget, and specification
  • Independent Connection Provider works delivered in-house

"We hope with the installation of these electric vehicle charging units that taxi drivers in Luton will be encouraged to switch to electric vehicles and people in the community will be encouraged to make use of them for their daily journeys. Electric vehicles have many benefits, including helping to resolve parking issues and congestion in the town centre as well as reducing harmful emissions and improving air quality. Community action is urgently needed to tackle the challenge of climate change we currently face and by travelling more sustainably we will help to make Luton a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live in and move us closer to our target of delivering a zero carbon town by 2040"

Cllr Paul Castleman, portfolio holder responsible for transport

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