SYMPHONY EV ZE - Converting Black Cabs to 100 Percent Electric Vehicles

SYMPHONY Electric Vehicles Zero Emissions –
Converting Black Cabs to 100 Percent Electric Vehicles


SYMPHONY EV-ZE has developed and had fully approved a quality and environmentally friendly Retro Conversion Kit to convert fuel vehicles to electric.

The EV conversion technology can be applied to almost any vehicle, including trucks, vans, utility vehicles, even boats. The first step though was to convert traditional black cabs from traditional fuel to electric. The potential for this is huge, with thousands of black cabs in use across our major cities each of which can rack up hundreds of thousands of miles in a relatively short period, sometimes only 5 years, bringing the combustion engine to the end of its shelf life. The vehicle itself still has 15-20 years left in its body and electrics, demonstrating the potential for extending their shelf life through EV conversion.

For traditional black cabs, this ELECTROSYMPH recycling programme will have a massive impact on stopping combustion fuelled vehicles going to landfill. These converted electric vehicles will reduce carbon emissions to zero.

The 100% fully electric conversion prolongs the life of the traditional black cab taxi, which still have 20-25 years usable shelf-life it their body and electrics, once the combustion engine has reached it’s limit.

With RAPID SUPERFAST Charging, the vehicles can achieve 40 miles in less than 10 minutes or 100 miles in less than half an hour of charging, costing only £2 per 100 miles / £20 per 1000 miles, which equates £200 per 10,000 miles, with no road tax or congestion charge.

John Robinson from SYMPHONY EV-ZE feels that this could be a major breakthrough for the EV industry, “SYMPHONY’s ethos has always been, 100% Electric Vehicles, Zero Emissions for a Greener Future. Our overall ambition is to make Liverpool and the City Region one of the lowest carbon cities in Europe outside of London and this technology is another step to deliver this across the transport industry.”.


SYMPHONY EV-ZE Win Sovini Contract

SYMPHONY EV-ZE Win Sovini Contract

Electric vehicle and charge point suppliers SYMPHONY EV-ZE, have been successful in their bid to supply and install Electric Charging Points and Fleet Electric Vehicles to builders’ merchants Sovini Trade Supplies.

Northern Housing’s 2018 Supplier of the Year, Sovini Trade Supplies, have introduced Electric Vehicles to their fleet as part of their corporate social responsibility pledge. SYMPHONY EV-ZE installed the Charging Points at Sovini’s site at Aintree Racecourse Retail & Business Park for use by the company’s staff and visitors.

Plans are also underway to roll out the Charging Points and Electric Vehicle scheme at Sovini’s Ellesmere Port and Eccles stores.

The two Charging Points were funded through Merseytravel’s Workplace Charge Point programme’s latest Capital Grant scheme, which is designed to provide a boost to infrastructure and accessibility and to increase the number of Charging Points and Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (EV) across the Liverpool City Region.

SYMPHONY EV-ZE supplied the 100% zero carbon emission, eNV200 Nissan Van to Sovini Trade Supplies, who are the first builders’ merchants in the City Region to introduce zero emission deliveries as part of their sustainable transport programme.

The introduction of Electric Vehicles to the fleet will represent a significant cost saving to the company alongside the added benefits to the environment. The 100% Electric Vehicles are road tax exempt and cost just £2.00 per 100 miles to run.

Alan Evans, Regional Operations Manager at Sovini Trade Supplies, said, “Sovini Trade Supplies is committed to implementing pioneering new methods to ensure our Corporate Social Responsibility is upheld. This year we decided to invest in Electric Vehicles which has not only provided benefits to the environment but also offers financial savings too. Following a successful bid to Merseytravel we are delighted to have worked in partnership with SYMPHONY Electric Vehicles to install Charging Points at our Aintree store. We are working to introduce more Electric Vehicles to our growing fleet in 2019.”

John Robinson, Director of SYMPHONY Electric Vehicles, added “It’s great to support Sovini Trade Supplies in their sustainable transport restructure, adding zero carbon emission vehicles to their growing fleet and installing Charging Points at their depot. More and more fleets are converting to 100% Electric Vehicles, this will help our overall ambition in making Liverpool one of the lowest carbon cities in Europe.”

SYMPHONY EV-ZE Deliver Arriva Project

Electric vehicle and charge point suppliers SYMPHONY EV-ZE, have just completed and delivered a new double RAPID Super Fast Charging infrastructure for ARRIVA at their Green Lane bus depot in Liverpool.

As part of the principle contractor team, award-winning SYMPHONY and Managing Director John Robinson provided full project management throughout the installation. This involved obtaining new build planning approval for the substation and compound, with SP Energy Networks, Schnieder Electrics linking the completed substation to the National Grid. SYMPHONY designed and developed the charging point units, based around the shape of a leaf to reflect their environmental credentials, which were then branded specifically for Arriva.

The new RAPID Charging infrastructure includes six of the highest end double Super-Fast RAPID Bus Charging Points which will power the fleet of 12 100% electric, zero emission Arriva buses.

SYMPHONY also partnered and worked alongside Merseytravel / BYD UK-China and Alexander-Dennis UK Bus on the project, making sure that the Battery Management System on this fleet of EV Buses could accept the full Super-Fast RAPID Charge.

The installation future proofed the entire Green Lane Bus Depot Site to ensure that it is able to accept another six RAPID Charging points and a further twelve electric buses in the near future, extending the fleet of 100% electric buses even further. The final part of the project was to developthe RAPID mobile Charging Point Unit to work on and off site as a back up charging option, allowing further flexibility for the fleet.

Howard Farrall, Arriva Merseyside Managing Director commented: “Arriva is constantly on the lookout for ways to trial new low-emission technologies, and so the new partnership with SYMPHONY EV-ZE is a great way to further contribute to our ‘Destination Green’ environmental goal, which includes ambitious plans to reduce carbon emissions, conserve energy and invest in renewable sources. We’re confident and hopeful that this exciting new development will give us the capacity to continue expanding Arriva’s electric bus network across the region, and we’re looking forward to what the future holds with this new system in place.”

John Robinson said “As one of only five main approved suppliers of RAPID Charger installations in the UK we are experienced in  delivering charging point installations for councils, hospitals and train stations. This was our biggest challenge yet and I am very proud that it is another major step in helping Liverpool and the City Region become one of the lowest carbon cities in Europe.”





SYMPHONY EV-ZE Installs Fast EV Charging Points Across Liverpool City Region

SYMPHONY EV-ZE have installed 62 new electric vehicle charging units at key locations across the Liverpool City Region, improving infrastructure and accessibility for electric vehicle drivers.

The extensive electric vehicle charging point project has been delivered by SYMPHONY EV-ZE on behalf of Merseytravel, APT eVolt and OLEV. The charging units have been installed at public sites ranging from hospitals including Liverpool Women’s and The Royal Liverpool University Hospital, train stations including Birkenhead North and Newton Le Willows, Mount Pleasant multi storey car park in Liverpool city centre, Widnes’s Select Stadium and major local employer Jaguar Land Rover in Speke.

There have also been a number of fast, future proof charging points installed at private NHS sites and council fleet depots across the Wirral, Liverpool and Southport areas, funded via the Energy Saving Trust ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV) Readiness Project and delivered by SYMPHONY EV-ZE.

John Robinson, managing director at SYMPHONY EV-ZE said, “My ambition has always been to help Liverpool and the City Region become one of the lowest carbon cities in Europe and this project, in partnership with Merseytravel, APT eVolt and OLEV, demonstrates another step to achieving this.

We pride ourselves on employing local people in our civil works and installation teams and strive to push the boundaries of electric vehicle technology, having recently developed the first British racing electric go carts and motor bikes, and our own British manufactured and fully approved electric vehicle charging points and adapter cables. We are also currently working with Arriva to install infrastructure for Super-Fast Rapid charging points for their 100% Electric Bus Project for the Liverpool City Region.

Stephen Leonard, Merseytravel Funding & Programme Development Team Leader added, “We have been very impressed with how SYMPHONY EV-ZE has worked with us to install a network of charge points, expanding the charging infrastructure across the Liverpool City Region and making it easier and more attractive for people to choose electric vehicles.

SYMPHONY EV-ZE help Zip World to go electric

To help preserve the beautiful Welsh countryside that is so vital to its operations, adventure experience company Zip World has started running an electric vehicle fleet.

Based in north Wales, the firm is best known for running Europe’s longest and the world’s fastest zip-line, with other aspects of the business including exploring caverns, racing on zip-lines, and tree-top safaris. With three locations in and around the Snowdonia National Park, minimising its impact on the environment is an important part of the firm’s ethos.

With that in mind, Zip World asked SYMPHONY EV-ZE  to supply 15 electric vehicles, made up of Nissan Leaf’s and e-NV200s. These are used to travel between the company’s three sites, saving money and producing zero-tailpipe emissions.

To make the most of the EV fleet, we also installed three fast charging points – 7-22 kW – two at the company’s FForest site, and one at the Titan location.

The charging adaptor that saved our Renault Twizy

AUTOCAR / WHATCAR – The charging adaptor that saved our Renault Twizy

SYMPHONY EV-ZE were proud to be featured on the AUTOCAR & WHATCAR websites recently in a piece by Rory White which stated that the SYMPHONY ELECTROSYMPH Adapter had “saved their Renault Twizy”.

Similar to many Twizzy owners, AUTOCAR / WHATCAR were left scratching their heads when it came to actually charging their shiny new car. Given the fact that they were charged via a 3-pin socket, it left them stumped when trying to charge the vehicle on the public infrastructure-standard Type 2 charging points.

As you’d expect, they turned to Google to find a solution and were delighted to find the British designed and developed SYMPHONY EV-ZE adapter, which works with a whole host of early 3-pin electric vehicles, not just the Twizy.

AUTOCAR / WHATCAR were equally as pleased with the ease of use, stating “There’s not a lot to it. You plug it in, the Twizy recognises the process has been activated and it begins whirring away like usual as it takes on charge.”.

In the article, Rory White went on to say, “The ELECTROSYMPH Adapter is a simple but effective solution, then, and it is good to hear company director John Robinson upbeat about the future of SYMPHONY EV-ZE. The company produces a wide range of EV charging cables and adaptors, all designed and produced in Britain. The next stage of its business plan is even more exciting, because it’s working on converting ancient London taxis from diesel to pure EV in search of lower urban emissions and maintaining the charm of such iconic transport. Watch this space.”

The SYMPHONY EV-ZE adaptor appears to be popular, too, because SYMPHONY EV-ZE reports that a large shipment has already made its way to Barcelona, where the Renault Twizy is a far more common sight thanks to the city’s warmer climate.

You can buy the SYMPHONY ELECTROSYMPH Adapter here.

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SYMPHONY EV-ZE Charging Worldwide

We are excited to announce that the ELECTROSYMPH Charging Adapter is now being widely used in mainland Europe and in the USA.

Our award winning adapter enables owners of any domestic socket vehicle to take advantage of the ever growing network of on-road charging points. The design was recently configured to work seamlessly with the Euro Schuko plug sockets and the American style two pin 120V plugs.

If it wasn’t for the domestic socket vehicles being launched 15 years ago, the EV market wouldn’t be where it is now. When the decision was made to remove domestic charging points from the UK road infrastructure concerns were raised that these vehicles, which started the EV revolution in the first place, would become obsolete. The SYMPHONY EV-ZE research and development team took it upon themselves to solve this massive problem and bridge the gap between domestic socket electric vehicles and the modern day EV charging network. We developed an adapter to convert the standard 3 pin 13amp plug to connect to all on-road charging points.

After its unrivaled success in the UK, the obvious next step was to open up this level of access to vehicle owners worldwide, which we are delighted to have now achieved.

The ELECTROSYMPH adapter can also be used by Utility Vehicles to charge at any approved charging points, as recently demonstrated at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. This not only maximises the usage of the charging points, with utility vehicles charging overnight and suppliers/customers charging throughout the day, but it future proofs these domestic socket vehicles that are widely used at hotels, zoos and themeparks, both at home and now abroad.

The ELECTROSYMPH adapter is also aiding the development of new EV technology, such as the ultra light 3 wheel SAM EV which is also fitted with domestic plugs as standard, making it easier than ever to charge from home whilst also utilising the charging point infrastructure.

You can buy the ELECTROSYMPH charging point adapter here.

Kilimanjaro Trek

Kilimanjaro Trek

I would just like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who sponsored my trek up Kilimanjaro.

The Trek was a great success and raised many thousands of pounds for SHAP.

As I paid for all of my own expenses, every single penny I have been sponsored and everything raised from raffles, auctions and sales of goods donated will go directly to SHAP. Without support like your’s I would not have been able to raise so much sponsorship.

Please see a picture of myself and the rest of the SHAP team who made it to the summit with the flag to thank all of the generous sponsors.

Below is a link to the interview that was done before the trek and the second link is the interview done after the trek.


Again, many thanks, support like yours makes my efforts worthwhile,

best regards

John Robinson, SYMPHONY EV

SAM EV Benefits from ELECTROSYMPH Adapter

SYMPHONY EV-ZE has helped a pioneering EV user charge more easily with its ELECTROSYMPH adaptor. Simon Bailey, an ultra light vehicle university researcher, has been testing a SAM EV – Sustainable Automotive Mobility – and was looking for a way to improve the number of charging points available for the three-wheel electric vehicle.

The ELECTROSYMPH unit allows drivers of EVs that normally only charge with a conventional three-pin plug to use Type 2 charge points – making recharging their vehicle on public networks far easier. The SAM vehicle, like Renault’s Twizy and the G-Wiz, isn’t normally able to use conventional Type 2 public charging points, but the ELECTROSYMPH changes that.

Simon’s SAM is the first model on UK roads. Sitting in a gap between car and motorcycle, the SAM is more commonly classed as the latter thanks to having one less wheel than the Twizy – a quadricycle. As such, it has a number of benefits such as being able to use bus lanes (when marked as allowing motorcycle use) for example.

However, the SAM includes full-side windows, windscreen, two seats, and ample room for tall drivers, so is easily usable as a compact and lightweight runabout. Designed in Switzerland and manufactured in Poland, the SAM is available to buy for UK use, but needs a couple of conversions to headlights and speedometer to make it road legal on these shores. In time, the factory is looking to implement these as a UK option, but currently this needs to be done by the customer.

Those drivers get a vehicle that weighs 500kg including the battery. This lack of weight means that a 7 kWh lithium polymer batter and 11.6 kW electric motor are good enough to see a 0-31mph time of seven seconds, a top speed of 56mph, and quoted range of 50-60 miles on a single charge.

Designed to have a low environmental impact, the SAM’s bodywork needs no paint as it is made from plastic and manufactured from just four parts. Zero-tailpipe emissions and a small battery mean that driving and charging make efficient use of energy.

ELECTROSYMPH – Battersea Dogs & Cats Home – Adapter Approved

At SYMPHONY EV-ZE Research & Development team have once again developed a solution to an every day EV charging problem with the national network infrastructure both at home and work and across Europe. Our ELECTROSYMPH Adapter can now be used by Utility Vehicles to charge at any approved charging points, future proofing both the vehicles and the charging points simultaneously.

This will vastly improve productivity for vehicles such as Councils Electric Utility Vehicles – Street cleaners and EVs used at Hotels, Golf courses, Zoos, Theme-parks and gardens alike. It will also maximise the use of on road and at car parks charging points, allowing them to be used by the public during the day and by the commercial sector at night.

Peter Summerfield, project manager at SYMPHONY EV-ZE commented, “We strive to use our 35 years of Electric Vehicles and Charging Points development knowledge to provide all on road and off road Electric Vehicles, new and old, to have access to the technology of the future.

“With 100% Electric Vehicles, Zero Emissions for a Greener Future”