Council to install electric vehicle charging points for taxis
Despite modern car engines producing far fewer emissions than in years gone by, air pollution is still a major issue in many of the UK’s cities, and Oxford is no exception. The ongoing revolution regarding electric vehicles will certainly have a major impact in improving air quality, and a £500,000 plan announced by Oxford City Council is aimed squarely at encouraging more electric cars onto the city’s streets over the coming years.
A total of 19 charging points specifically for Oxford’s taxis will provide capacity for up to 200 electric cabs. This, along with new rules to outlaw the use of taxis that are more than 18 years old, means that the older FX4 diesel powered vehicles that are still a common sight around the city could soon be consigned to the scrapyard.
The move is just another step in Oxford’s ongoing battle against vehicle emissions. In 2014, it launched the Low Emission Zone, and from 2020, there will be a Zero Emission Zone, meaning that only the cleanest vehicles will be permitted to enter the city centre.
The future of electric vehicles
This investment programme demonstrates just how serious both national and local government is about non-polluting cars. Electrical vehicles are becoming increasingly popular. Since 2012, the number of electric vehicles on UK roads has risen from 2,000 to 80,000, and by 2020, the number could be as high as 700,000.
To make the electric revolution work, it is essential to have the right infrastructure in place. Experts say that one charging point is needed for every ten electric vehicles. At present, the ratio is one for every seven, but if the popularity skyrockets as predicted, the country will need to increase the number of charging points nationwide from the current figure of 11,000 to around 70,000 to keep up.
In other words, expect more councils to make similar announcements to Oxford’s very soon.