London's largest taxi and for-hire company Addison Lee announces it will only use all-electric cars from 2023.Addison Lee already has 650 e-cars in service, and plans to add 200 VW ID.4s every month from November.
The company says in a statement it plans to invest £160 million to convert its fleet of more than 4,000 vehicles to electric power, the equivalent of just under €187 million. The rapid electrification is expected to succeed thanks to a partnership with Volkswagen and "the largest purchase of electric vehicles by a private hire company in the UK", as Liam Griffin, the company's chief executive, puts it.
Once the conversion is complete, 20,000 journeys in London will be emission-free every day. Griffin points out that Addison Lee is aiming for full conversion to electric vehicles two years earlier "than any other major provider of private vehicles in London". This is likely to be a reference to Uber in particular, with the US ride-hailing company recently announcing plans to run all of its vehicles in London fully electric from 2025.