£3.4 million awarded for taxi wireless-charging trial

The Department for Transport has announced £3.4 million for trials for wireless charging of electric taxis in Nottingham.

Wireless charging at taxi ranks could provide an alternative to plugs and chargepoints, meaning multiple taxis can recharge at once, supporting drivers to charge up more easily. It would also reduce clutter on our streets. The new technology could also be rolled out more broadly for public use, helping everyday drivers of electric vehicles charge more easily on the go.

The time taken to charge could reduce a taxi driver’s earning potential, and so installing wireless chargers at taxi ranks offers drivers the chance to recharge while waiting for their next passengers.

Nottingham City Council will own the vehicles and provide them to drivers rent free. If successful, this technology could also be rolled out more broadly for public use, helping every day drivers of electric vehicles charge more easily on the go.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "Taxi drivers up and down the country are at the vanguard of the electric vehicle revolution, playing a leading role in reducing air pollution in our city centres where people live, shop and work. New wireless technology will make using an electric taxi quicker and more convenient, allowing drivers to charge up at taxi ranks before heading off with their next passenger."

Sally Longford, deputy leader at Nottingham City Council, said: "Nottingham is excited to host the trial of this new type of innovative charging technology, keeping us ahead of the pack, and helping to promote cleaner taxis in our city and potentially take us a further step forward towards our goal of being carbon neutral by 2028."