We are hoping to launch Dynamo early this year, although we cannot confirm exactly when. The issue has been that the demand for the new 40Kw battery worldwide, which is also in the Leaf as well as the e-NV 200 has far exceeded the expectation level and of course the UK is just one of the markets that Nissan sell in.
Our 1st 40Kw vehicle has just arrived, then it will be converted and type approved, also TFL approved for London, after which we will be taking orders. We currently have outstanding orders to fulfil, as we thought we would have had the launch earlier. As I say nobody factored in the worldwide popularity of the new 40Kw battery. We anticipate existing orders to be delivered in the spring of this year, new orders will be later during 2019. We are currently working on the supply chain in order to ensure that’s stable. Many different companies contribute to the supply of components for Dynamo, not least Nissan with the donor vehicle, it's important for obvious reasons that we have the supply stable and reliable.
It is not only a Taxi for London, but nationally also; we expect to be selling Dynamo in many cities around the UK, including Liverpool, later in 2019/early 2020
Whilst we know and fully acknowledge that it’s not the Taxi for everyone, those who do adopt slightly different working practices and make it work for them will see that it will be, and without question the most cost-effective Taxi ever to ply its trade.
It is the only 100% electric, side wheel chair accessible Taxi on the market, it emits zero tailpipe emissions, 100% of the time.
The Dynamo comes with Nissan proven worldwide reliability and fuel running costs as low as 3pence per mile., compared to Diesels at 24pence per mile. Annual servicing at circa £220 is a fraction of the current Petrol/Diesel versions. The tested range is 174 miles, in a daily operating city environment, I would assume a range of around 130/140 miles to be real, and this will cover most shifts. If more miles are required it may need to be put onto a rapid charger for 15/20 minutes once on a shift, although I doubt many drivers will need to do this.
This is the slightly different working practice that in some cases will need to be adopted, but by doing this there will be a big financial and environmental benefit.
In most cases the driver will charge at home, do their shift and go home again. Reading everything I have in relation to the Nissan Leaf and e-NV 200 the worst-case scenario the consumption is 3.7 miles per Kw/h, bearing in mind it’s a 40Kw battery - 3.7 x 40 = 148 miles.
In today’s market of unclean air and fierce competition for fares, Dynamo will deliver many of the solutions, enabling the driver to become more profitable and at the same time no longer contributing to the air pollution issues. It will be permitted to travel on all public highways in London, there will be no restrictions as its 100% electric.
In short it just works.
We are hoping that the launch price will be £45,495 after the Government grant of £7,500 has been removed.
We will be offering bespoke finance packages, tailored as close as we are able to individual needs.
Thank you once again and I look forward to talking to you shortly
Market Development Manager