Electric Taxi Feasibility Study in Hertfordshire
St Albans City & District Council wanted to consider the feasibility and implications of introducing a licensing condition requiring all taxis licenced by the Council to be fully electric by 2023.
This followed an initial trial for electric powered saloon vehicles implemented to support the Council’s aims to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the district. Initial consultation on the proposed licensing condition was undertaken and concern was expressed about the lack of existing infrastructure to support the proposals, hence the need for a feasibility study.
SYSTRA looked at both the implications of implementing the all-electric condition on taxis and the e-taxi infrastructure requirements in St Albans. This involved data collection and analysis and some targeted stakeholder engagement to gather an appreciation of the taxi market and develop an operational profile to feed into our infrastructure recommendations. We also considered current best practice and likely consumer changes in determining the implications of implementing this licensing condition.
In considering the e-taxi infrastructure requirements, we provided a tailored overview of industry trends and looked at the current market for suitable vehicles to create a roadmap of technologies for future vehicles. This was supplemented with a market forecast and assessment of likely technology for charging infrastructure, an electric vehicle uptake forecast and recommendations on charging point requirements and locations.
We provided a proposed delivery plan and timetable including recommendations on grant funding, infrastructure management, incentives and Traffic Regulation and Traffic Management Orders.
The study outcome comprised a final report summarising our study and providing details of likely numbers, quantities and types of charge points required, locational analysis requirements and management approaches. Recommendations on potential investment requirements, cost breakdown, procurement options and potential commercial from the taxi network.
This study resulted in a draft implementation plan for low emission vehicle infrastructure deployment in St Albans.