Addison Lee, the UK’s largest quality private hire, courier, and black taxi provider, has announced a new partnership with Bonnet, the largest independent electric vehicle charging aggregator, to provide partner drivers with discounted and reliable EV charging.
Alongside access to over 20 charging networks – and over 1,000 rapid charge points across the capital – Addison Lee partner drivers will also see the price of charging reduced, receiving a £5 charging credit each month for the first 4 months of the partnership. Similarly, via Bonnet’s new ‘Turbo Boost’ scheme, Addison Lee partner drivers can receive a 15% discount on the standard network tariff for all charges.
Committing to transition its standard fleet to fully electric by 2023, Addison Lee is due to have 1,000 Volkswagen ID.4s on London’s streets by the end of the year. However, research carried out earlier this year by the firm revealed clear barriers to the uptake of EVs in the capital – most notably, issues with the city’s charging network.
According to Addison Lee data, almost 4 in ten (39%) of its partner drivers spent over half an hour trying to find a rapid charger, with almost half (49%) reporting that they found chargers not working or damaged, and 65% drove to a charger to find it already in use.
With real-time data easily located all under one app, Bonnet will provide Addison Lee’s partner drivers with useful information on the closest, available charge points to them – helping them to charge their vehicles and be back on the road in as little time as possible.
Patrick Reich, co-founder and CEO of Bonnet, said, “We’re delighted to have launched this partnership with Addison Lee. Taxi and private hire drivers are among our most popular users, and we’re pleased to be able to reduce their costs plus ensure they have the most convenient, flexible experience possible.
“As COP27 takes place in Egypt, we believe speeding up the transition to zero emission transport is of critical importance for the environment, and we’re glad to be part of Addison Lee’s journey to have a fully electric fleet.”
Liam Griffin, CEO of Addison Lee added, “Since we announced our transition to electric, we have formed several important partnerships to ensure we can provide the drivers that work with us with seamless access to EV charging.
“Partnering with an innovative brands like Bonnet, means our partner drivers will no longer be at risk of taking wasted journeys to busy and broken charge points. And, as the cost of living continues to rise our deal ensures our partner drivers are saving as much money on EV charging as possible.”