VW gets EV sales boost from London’s biggest taxi company

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Addison Lee, London’s largest taxi firm, will invest 160 million pounds ($219 million) to fully electrify its fleet by 2023.

To accelerate its transition, the company is partnering with Volkswagen and rolling out ID4 electric SUVs.

Starting in November, the firm will add 200 fully electric vehicles a month to its fleet.

Addison Lee already has more than 650 zero-emissions taxis in its fleet of about 4,000 vehicles.

In June, the company agreed to acquire black-taxi service ComCab, positioning itself to benefit from an uptick in demand for rides as London emerges from lockdowns.

It became the city’s largest private-hire taxi firm and same-day courier business once the deal closed in July.

To reassure drivers anxious about the lack of infrastructure to support the switch to EVs, Addison Lee said it is looking for charging partners and will share more information about collaborations soon.

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