Zero-Emission Capable Taxis:

MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Question By: 
Leonie Cooper
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A constituent would like to know what modelling has been done on the impact on air quality of the introduction of the Zero-Emission Capable Taxis - does this show the impact at low, medium and high take-up rates?


Answer for Zero-Emission Capable Taxis:

Answer for Zero-Emission Capable Taxis:

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My ambitions is that all taxis and private hire vehicles are zero emission capable by 2033 and London's entire transport system is zero emission by 2050. Transport for London (TfL) undertook modelling of the air quality impacts of its measures to deliver the greenest taxi fleet in the world. The modelling looked at emissions reductions based on 9,000 Zero Emission Capable (ZEC) taxis (from a total of around 21,000 taxis in London) being licensed by the end of 2020. This number was agreed with the taxi trade, on the basis that there was financial support to retire the oldest taxis and to purchase new ZEC taxis, along with a rapid charge point network to enable drivers to realise fuel savings; this support is being delivered. It is estimated that a minimum of 9,000 ZEC taxis in London by 2020 (or the equivalent in kilometres driven) would reduce NOx emissions from taxis by around 45 per cent in 2020.