Jobs prospects as demand for electric taxis ramps up

A firm which is making all-electric taxis on the edge of Coventry has revealed plans to create highly skilled engineering jobs as part of its growth plans.

Dynamo Motor Company produces the world’s only 100% electric zero emission black cab in the world at its factory on Bayton Road, Exhall.

As the company emerges from the effects of the lockdown it is already ramping-up orders for its vehicle as cities across the UK look to improve air quality and cut CO2 emissions from vehicles.

The company’s latest initiative has seen it work with Coventry City Council to provide three of its Dynamo taxis to be tried out by Coventry cabbies.

The deal forms part of the city council’s ‘Electric Fleet First’ campaign.

Drivers can register for a ‘try before you buy’ period using a fully electric vehicle.

The Dynamo Motor Company has also won a tender from the Welsh Government to provide 50 taxis as part of a drive to deliver its clean air targets.

The company is still relatively new, having launched in October 2019.

Its Dynamo taxi is made in association with Nissan, being based on the Japanese car maker’s e-NV200 MPV EV.

Most of the vehicles it has produced so far have ended up in London but with the increased pressure from authorities nationwide to install clean air zones – Birmingham’s begins in June this year – it is finding demand is increasing as the country moves gradually out of lockdown.

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Part of the company’s growth will also see it taking on new staff in highly skilled engineering roles.

A spokesman for the company said it was entering a period of “rapid growth” and planned a recruitment drive in the near future.

The company’s founder and managing director Brendan O’Toole spoke to CoventryLive.

He said: “We made a conscious decision that when lockdown measures were going to be relaxed, for us to get busy again our best bet was to approach local government authorities around the UK and for them to reignite their carbon reduction policies.”



Neminathan Thuvaraganathan, Brendan O’Toole and John Heath, market development manager at the Dynamo Motor Company

Mr O’Toole said he was confident the company would continue to grow, that 2021 is shaping-up to be a busy year and told of his confidence in the product.

“Taxi drivers who sample our product usually end up buying it,” he said.

“But to get people to sample it that ties in nicely with an initiative from a local authority or regional government.

“The Welsh Government, who are keen to promote pure electric taxis, decided to satisfy that desire for people wanting to try it by placing an order for 50 taxis.

“Drivers can try one for a month and then decide whether they want to buy one.

“The savings are incredible when it comes to fuel.

“We now also have taxis in Liverpool, Nottingham and Coventry and this will continue throughout the UK for sure.

“The more people who try the vehicle the more we are going to sell.”



The Dynamo taxi has been created by Exhall-based Dynamo Motor Company in conjunction with Nissan

As far as jobs are concerned Mr O’Toole said there was no doubt the company would be creating many highly skilled and there will be a recruitment drive, something for which plans are still being formulated.

“This time last year we had a recruitment day,” he said.

“We were not able to offer employment because Covid hit but we are ramping-up again and hopefully some of those people who showed an interest will contact us again.”

Mr O’Toole said that last year the company had looked at taking on around 30 people.

He said: “Yes, we will be employing people and want to see people who have an interest at getting on the electric vehicle career ladder.

“We will be recruiting in just about every department.

“We are dealing with new ground – this is a new era.

“All those people who jump in with us now are helping to shape a cleaner future.”

Mr O’Toole also described Coventry as “a great taxi city” and welcomes the London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) being on the edge of Coventry too.

He said: “There are several people who are doing this – the main one being LEVC who have thousands of vehicles on the roads.

“There’s a choice there and there’s a market for both.

“I believe all of Coventry’s taxi makers are going to see a bounce and be very busy.”

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