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Electric vehicle charging: Taxis

Luton

VolkerSmart Technologies installed electric vehicle charging units at four taxis bays for Luton Council on Station Road, Park Street, Cheapside and Chaud End Lane.

The electric vehicle charging units will help Luton reduce its carbon footprint by encouraging taxi drivers to switch to electric vehicles.

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

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

  • Installed four electric vehicle charging units
  • 55-kilowatt chargers
  • Delivered a full 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

"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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