Coventry electric taxi company secures £1.2 million manufacturing facility boost

Dynamo Taxis
A Coventry-based manufacturer responsible for producing all electric black taxis – ‘Hackney Carriages’ – approved by Transport for London has secured a £1.25m loan.

The funding, which was provided by the Midlands Engine Investment Fund and Maven, will enable Dynamo to recruit and train 50 new employees. The firm is also set to scale up its production capacity.

Dynamo produces an electric taxi known as the ‘Dynamo taxi’. A fully electric version of London’s iconic black cab, the zero-emission vehicle is based on the Nissan e-NV200 and is manufactured in association with Nissan.

Dynamo taxis were launched in Central London, which has a permanent Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ), with charges in places for vehicles which do not meet the ULEZ’s emissions standards. The vehicle provides a charge relief for its drivers while helping to improve air quality.

Brendan O’Toole, CEO at Dynamo said, “We are delighted to receive this funding package from MEIF Maven Debt Finance. We are extremely passionate about creating a product that is environmentally friendly and meets the needs of both the drivers and passengers. We have been working on our product offering for several years and are looking forward to ramping up production and getting more zero emissions taxis out into the world.”

Andy Povey, Investment Manager at Maven said, “We are pleased to provide MEIF funding to Dynamo. The business is led by an experienced management team that is capable and well suited to driving this project. We are looking forward to supporting the business as it embarks on this new phase of its growth journey.”

Grant Peggie, Director at the British Business Bank, said: “The Midlands has a long and proud history of automotive production and Dynamo is demonstrating how the region’s firms are continuing to contribute towards sector innovation. MEIF funding continues to provide support to businesses, enabling them to create new jobs and drive productivity, supporting the Midlands Engine economy.”

Sean Farnell, board director at the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Dynamo is another example of an innovative automotive company in the area and the response to the demand for its vehicles has been strong from throughout the world. This new investment will enable the business to realise its ambitions as well as help to reduce air pollution.”

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund project is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the European Investment Bank.

However, Coronavirus has put paid to Dynamo’s manufacturing for the moment, which has temporarily closed its production facility in Coventry.

Dynamo Founder, Brendan O’Toole, said: “This decision is also taken in response to the impact that COVID-19 has had on our supply chain and the potential impact on the health and well-being of our employees. As yet, we do not have a fixed return date, but we remain positive that whenever that time arrives, the Dynamo Taxi will play a very important role in sustaining a greener and safer environment for all.”