Shell subsidiary and EV charging solutions firm Greenlots has partnered with Columbus Yellow Cab to install public DC fast charging stations in Ohio.
The EV charging stations will be installed at Yellow Cab’s depot facility and along several heavily trafficked routes.
The aim is to help workers of Yellow Cab to significantly decrease charging times, monitor their fleet in real time and increase the utilisation of each clean vehicle on the road.
Yellow Cab has been using level 2 charging infrastructure, which limited the number of rounds a single taxi made per day due to the long hours required to reach full charge.
The project is part of an initiative being financed by American Electric Power to build 300 Level 2 and 75 Level 3/DCFC public EV charging stations in the region.
Yellow Cab IS partnering with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to strategically locate the charging sites.
A total of 70 million GPS data points have been collected and analyzed to discover optimal charging locations.
The project is also focusing on which measures can be implemented to avoid straining the operations of the main grid and to ensure charging is affordable.
The project will help Yellow Cab to expand its fleet of EV taxis.
Brett Hauser, CEO of Greenlots, said: “The electrification of fleets will play a pivotal role in transforming our transportation system.
The “…charging technology offers fleet owners a simple, scalable solution to maximize the benefits of going electric, including maintenance and fuel cost savings and increased operational efficiency.”
“Our fleet drives over ten million miles per year in the Columbus area, and because of this we feel that it is our company’s responsibility to help the community take serious steps towards electrified transportation,” said Morgan Kauffman, CEO and owner, Columbus Yellow Cab. “With this project, we’re showing local residents that EVs are a viable substitution for traditional internal combustion vehicles and challenging them to rethink their transportation decisions. If we can go electric, so can many other daily drivers across Ohio. Greenlots has been instrumental in allowing us to provide this service through their turnkey offering. Planning, deployment and management are made seamless with their help.”