North Staffordshire Electric Taxi and Private Hire Information Hub

Welcome to the North Staffordshire Electric Taxi and Private Hire Information Hub!  This webpage is a one stop shop providing information to the North Staffordshire taxi trade on the transition to plug-in taxis and how to access the local taxi charging network. Scroll down for guides and information.


Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and Stafford Borough Council have jointly been awarded £787,500 through the government’s Ultra Low Taxi Infrastructure Scheme to install 30 electric vehicle (EV) rapid chargers in council-owned car parks for use by taxis, private hire vehicles and the general public. The EV chargers are built, owned and operated by SWARCO and operate using a simple contactless bank card payment system. Cenex is responsible for promoting and informing the taxi driving community about ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) and their suitability for hackney carriage and private hire vehicles. We hope that by 2025 10% of the combined taxi fleets (approximately 261 vehicles) will have converted to ULEVs.

Key benefits of owning an electric taxi:

Better for the pocket

  • Fuel costs are lower than diesel/petrol. When home charging, electric taxi costs approx. £34 per week to run (8p per mile). Diesel taxi costs approx. £74 per week to run (18p per mile)
  • EVs hold better residual values than equivalent diesel vehicles
  • Significant cost savings over the life of the vehicle due to lower fuel, maintenance and taxes. Over £11,000 savings are available over a 7 year ownership period for a medium car at an annual mileage of 22,000 miles

Better experience

  • Electric cars typically provide a better driving experience
  • Faster and more responsive acceleration rates, better handling, and quieter operation

Better for the environment

  • Improved air quality around taxi ranks reducing potential health problems
  • Saves around 5 tonnes greenhouse gas reduction per year (including the production of the electricity), resulting in less contribution to climate change


For more information please read the introductions to electric taxis in the Get Informed section below.

Get Informed

Electric Taxi Introduction
An introduction to the availability, performance and economics of operating electric taxis.

Electric Taxi Case Studies

Taxi Trade Engagement Summary

A short summary document covering the key points from interviews with the taxi trade. For the full report, go to the Other Useful Resources section.

Other Useful Resources

Introduction to Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
A summary of different EV chargepoints and how they work, as well some of they key terms and definitions you’ll need to know.


Introduction to Battery Vehicles
An overview of how battery electric vehicles work, their range and some of the applications and limitations.


Wireless Charging for Electric Taxi (WiCET) Feasibility Study
A study into assessing the potential for deploying wireless charging infrastructure for eTaxis

Taxi Trade Engagement – full report