First electric black cab used in London
The iconic black taxi of London has been resigned into an electric vehicle, with the first one used on 5 December.
The new model of electric cars conform to the new emission regulations that have been set for new taxis entering London in 2018.
It is expected that more than 9,000 electric taxis, which is almost half of the current fleet size, will be ready for trade by 2021 – replacing old diesel vehicles in the industry.
“The vehicle is totally new from the ground up and it’s a much better experience both for the cabbie and the passengers,” Chris Gubbey, London Electric Vehicle Company’s Chief Executive, reported to AFP.
“The ride and handling is much better and it’s very quiet. It’s marrying all of the cutting edge technology with vast experience of what it takes to make a good taxi.”
The vehicles cost £55,599 (US$74,420) which is a significant increase from the £45,000 ($60,233) that the equivalent petrol taxi costs.
The taxi can travel 80 miles on a single battery charge, and are slightly larger than the traditional black cab, holding six passengers.
All of the models have modern features, such as Wi-Fi, USB chargers, plug sockets, and contactless payment card readers.
“The ride quality is unbelievable. Customers are going to love it. It’s so smooth and quiet,” commented Peter Powell, who has been driving London taxis for 22 years.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.