The Taxi Shop, the largest taxi supplier in England and Wales, has been awarded the first Dynamo Electric Taxi franchise.

The Taxi Shop will cover South East England however there are still opportunities for franchise partnerships in the North and South West of England, Wales and Scotland.

Rob Breuilly, Managing Director and owner of The Taxi Shop, said:

‘The shift to hybrid and electric vehicles is inevitable and is happening faster than many think. The Taxi Shop prides itself on being innovative and winning this franchise for the new Nissan NV200 fully electric hackney taxi, known as the Dynamo, demonstrates our future strategy’.

Whilst the environmental benefits are compelling for the switch to electric so are the cost benefits. Research shows that an average taxi driver in London covers a distance of 90 to 120 miles a day, spending roughly £25 in fuel a day. Using a home charger, it will cost Dynamo Taxi drivers £3 to £6 in electricity to cover the same distance, saving drivers roughly £20 a day in running costs alone.

Rob Breuilly, continued:

‘For this opportunity we looked carefully at the savings drivers and fleet owners can make over a five-year period. We calculate a £17,255.00 saving over five years against a typical new diesel minibus. Be in no doubt, the trade is gradually getting greener, driven by government and local authority regulations, and we are part of that journey.

We believe the time is now for smart operators to take advantage of the savings a fully electric offers in the mid- and long-term.’

Brian Bachelor, Managing Director of E-Van Guru said:

‘I have been overwhelmed by the positive response we’ve had to the launch of Dynamo’s authorised dealership network, and it’s exciting to announce The Taxi Shop as our first partner. We’re currently looking to recruit several franchise partners across the UK, with Scotland and Wales particular areas of interest so I would encourage anyone that is interested to get in touch now.’