Taxi business to grow electric fleet

Taxi business to grow electric fleet

A cab firm is to triple the number of electric vehicles it uses in a drive to become the largest fleet of plug-in taxis in the UK.

Dundee-based operator 203020 has been a pioneer in green travel since introducing the vehicles a year ago, and its scheme has attracted interest from a host other taxi firms.

Two of the company's rapid chargers, funded by Transport Scotland, are already the busiest in the UK, with members of the public being able to use them for free.

Chief executive David Young says his fleet will be entirely electric in a year's time. The company already uses 30 Nissan Leaf cars, which have clocked up nearly a million miles between them - an average of around of 33,000 miles each.

Another 10 are on order, and the total number is expected to increase to 100 by August, Mr Young says.

The move comes as Dundee competes with seven English cities to be recognised as the UK's electric taxi capital and win a share of £20 million of Government funding, with the winner due to be announced in April.

They are Birmingham, Cambridge, Coventry, Nottingham, Oxford, Sheffield and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Other firms with a large number of electric vehicles include Blackpool operator Phoenix, which currently has 34 taxis and minibuses. There are also major operators in London, Northumberland and Cornwall, while eCorporate Travel in Edinburgh has six Nissan Leafs.

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