Power from the rear of a cab is about to become an option for many people.
The first of its kind in the UK, the power from the cabs back can now be plugged into a battery-operated generator that can provide power for up to 12 hours.
Power from a generator is currently limited to about 8.5 hours a day, but a new scheme that is due to be rolled out to all taxi cabs will allow them to have a back-up battery power source.
Power from the cab’s back can be plugged directly into the generator to supply up to 8 hours of battery power The first taxi-based back-ups are expected to arrive in the first quarter of 2019, and the scheme will also allow a cab driver to control and maintain their cab, a driver can monitor the generator remotely and, if necessary, turn it off.
The technology is similar to the system already being used in some private cab drivers’ fleets, with the difference being that they can choose to supply power from their back-mounted batteries instead of plugging it into the main battery pack.
Power sources currently provided by cabs are limited to around 8.50 hours a week, but will soon be expanded to 9 hours.
The scheme will be introduced in all taxi fleets by 2019, but it is expected that drivers will be able to provide power directly from the battery pack, with an option to buy an additional battery pack and use it as a backup to a backup battery, and a battery pack can be swapped in for a new one for up a maximum of 24 hours a month.
“The introduction of a battery back-uptake system is a significant step forward for the taxi industry, with this new technology enabling more taxi drivers to have greater control over their cab,” said Chris Wood, Managing Director of the Passenger Transport Association (PTA), the industry body for taxi drivers.
“This will mean that all drivers will have a choice to choose from when it comes to whether or not they can use their cab as a back up battery.”
Power is currently supplied by the battery packs of some taxi cabbies, and is limited to up to 9.5 hour range Power from one battery pack will be enough for about 8 hours a single charge, but that will soon increase to 12.5 per cent of a vehicle’s range.
The new back-Up system will allow all taxis to be powered by batteries, and will also be able for the first time to supply battery power to a back panel for the cabin, a move that will be beneficial to many drivers.
The PTA is calling on all drivers to consider using this technology when setting out the limits of the vehicle’s battery power.
PTA said the back-Ups battery back panel is a “great improvement on the existing battery back panels”, and is one of the most flexible in the industry, and it is hoped that the system will enable drivers to extend the range of their cabs, and increase the safety of their vehicles.
“Driver choice will be key in the rollout of this new system, and this is the first step towards ensuring all drivers are able to choose what battery back up they wish to use,” said Mark Wood, Executive Director of Transport and Communications at the PTA.
“Driver choice is crucial in ensuring that all taxis are safe and reliable.”
The battery back ups battery back system is the most technologically advanced taxi back ups currently available in the world, and represents an exciting new way of delivering power to the cab.
“Pete Dutton, General Manager of the Transport and Communication Services Association (TCSA), said: “The introduction and implementation of battery backups will significantly reduce the energy needed to power the taxi, ensuring the driver can use the battery for other purposes, such as to help keep the cab running and reducing fuel costs.
“The back-UP system has already been rolled out in the US, and has also been rolled into other European countries, including the UK.
The UK will be the first European country to adopt the technology, with more countries expected to follow suit over the coming months.