Project Overview:

Cenex was commissioned by Nottingham, Oxford and Derby City Councils to assess the operational suitability and business case for electric and range extended vehicles for their hackney carriage fleets. The purpose of the study was to offer location specific advice to each local authority and the hackney carriage trade through the development of a total cost of ownership model based on real world vehicle capabilities.

Why is it helpful?:

The project enables:

  • Local authorities to make informed decisions regarding vehicle type, age and emissions policies.
  • Quantification of necessary financial interventions (subsidisation of licence and test fees, scrappage schemes etc.)
  • Local authorities to accurately assess payback period and lease rates for the procurement of ULEV hackney carriages.
  • Hackney carriage drivers/owners to calculate monthly savings based on their annual mileage and required ownership period.
  • Hackney carriage drivers/owners to assess whether ULEV hackney carriages are operationally suitable under their real-world conditions.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Consultancy
  • Ultra Low Emission Hackney Carriages
  • Taxi Licensing
  • Clean Air Zones
  • Total Cost of Ownership
  • Real World Drive Cycle Data
  • Alternative Business Models and Financial Incentives
  • Uptake Scenarios and Emission Analysis


Partners Involved:

  • Nottingham City Council
  • Oxford City Council (Customers)
  • Derby City Council (Customers)
  • LEVC
  • Dynamo Motor Company (Technical Data and Support at Trade Workshops)
  • Mercedes Benz VansĀ (Technical Data and Support at Trade Workshops)