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Friday, 01 August 2014

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First electric taxi on the road

CUMBRIA’S first electric taxi has come to the streets of Workington.

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ELECTRIC TAXI: Sue McKenzie, Martin McDougall and Stephen Mostyn, of Sue’s Taxis

Sue’s Taxis is the proud owner of the county’s first ‘green’ taxi which is run by a rechargeable battery. It can be charged at Sue’s Taxi offices and various charging points throughout the county.

It can save more than nine tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions and is up to 40 per cent cheaper to run than a standard taxi.

Susan McKenzie, company owner and director said: “The inspiration for the taxi came from the Private Hire taxi magazine. We saw an electric car and wanted to try one out.

“We rented one and then decided to make one of ours electric, so we contacted Solway Renewable Energy who make the chargers and charging points.”

Councilor Angela Kendall, chairman of the licensing panel for Allerdale council, said: “The standard of taxis has improved greatly in the last 10 to 12 years. The electric taxi is a further, more modern improvement. It has all green credentials, no emissions and no noise pollution.”

The taxi will start operating today at 5pm from Sue’s Taxi offices in Moorclose.

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