Taxis may become electrical in a few years

A  pilot scheme for more vehicle electrical charging points in the Welsh capital is being considered by Cardiff Council’s Cabinet.

Electric charging point Credits: CNP

This proposal is part of an effort to reduce the use of fossil fuels and to help the environment. This plan will affect mainly the taxi business. The Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Recycling and Environment, explain that taxi drivers will have to change their petrol vehicles for electric ones in the next two to three years. Meanwhile, the council will work with the local taxi community to make them understand the opportunities of moving away from petrol and diesel towards hybrid and electrical cars.

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According to the BBC, the number of new electric and hybrid car registrations in Wales rose by 35% in 2017 compared with the previous year. If the plan is approved, taxis will add to that number in a few years. This plan runs in conjunction with the city’s plan to reduce congestion in the city centre.

Some of the other actions that have been defined in order to bring a greener Cardiff included:

  • Conducting a study to understand the demand and locations for the electrical charging’s infrastructure.
  • The application for grants funding and more opportunities from the private sector to provide all the necessary facilities
  • Identify funding sources for opportunities for buses to use alternative fuels and develop in a long term
  • Work with Local Service Board to make sure that the air quality problems for all the partners in Cardiff
  • Work with important sectors such us Welsh Government and universities to work together and study local sources of hydrogen and other bio-gas fuels after summer of this year
  • Encourage suppliers and contractors to achieve the goal of reduce emissions as part of the process for suitable contracts by autumn/winter of this year.

 

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