Private hire vehicle firm, Addison Lee, have announced their passenger car fleet will become fully electric by 2023, at an investment of £160 million.
Addison Lee have previously partnered with Volkswagen with the roll out of their urban SUV, the ID.4, at the time the largest UK purchase of electric vehicles (EV) by a private hire provider, and the purchase of black taxi platform, ComCab, earlier this year, giving them over 650 zero-emission taxis in their fleet.
The company will also be launching a Future of Mobility fund, which will provide £3.5 million to support drivers with charging infrastructure.
The fund will be used to invest in charging infrastructure and their fleet, support drivers with the cost of the Congestion Charge, and pay for projects that improve the environment in London.
In a survey Addison Lee undertook in May, 92% of their business customers said environmental credentials are essential when selecting a ground transport provider.
Liam Griffin, CEO, Addison Lee, said: “While we need to take a lead, we cannot do it alone and, there’s an urgent need for collective action if London is going to become one of the world’s greenest taxi and PHV markets. A key component will be public/private co-operation between TfL, London boroughs, energy companies, charging providers and businesses like ours to help build out the charging network. We look forward to working together on this most pressing of issues.
“London only has a future if it’s sustainable – reducing waste, conserving resources, keeping the air, water, and environment clean for all to enjoy. As a transport business, Addison Lee has a particular role to play in that future – and today’s announcement is a wholehearted acceptance of that.”
Richard Eades, BPs Global Category Manager said of the move: “Addison Lee’s ambitious, industry leading action aligns with bp’s Net Zero commitment and continued sustainability values.”
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