8.5.2014EV taxi fleet clocks up 150,000 miles
A Cornwall taxi company has clocked up 150,000 miles and more than 37,000 individual fares in its fleet of electric Nissan LEAF taxis.
St Austell-based C&C Taxis added the first Nissan LEAF to its 10-strong fleet almost exactly 12 months ago.
It now has five EVs and has seen its business soar as regular customers, local businesses and tourists have taken to its smooth, silent ride and environmental benefits.
Meanwhile the company has slashed in excess of Â£40,000 off its annual fuel bill thanks to the LEAFâ€™s ultra-low running costs of around two pence per mile.
C&C Taxis owner, Michelle Williams, said: â€œWhen we took our first LEAF a year ago we could never have imagined how successful it would have been. The fact we now have five and have hit the 150,000-mile mark says it all.
â€œInvesting in the LEAF has probably been the best decision weâ€™ve ever made as a company.â€
â€œOur customers love them and most of the big hotels in the area now use us as their taxi company of choice, which has been a real coup. In fact, many of the hotels now ask guests who book a taxi whether theyâ€™d like an electric one and then specifically ask for a LEAF.â€
The company still operates a number of diesel cars for longer fares but very much sees electric vehicles as its future.
The C&C LEAF fleet has been supplied by local Nissan retailer West End Motors in Bodmin and the dealership has been instrumental in making the project a success, even helping to secure funding for the companyâ€™s own rapid charger which can charge the LEAF from zero to 80 percent in 30 minutes.
As can be seen on Next Green Car's Zap-Map, Cornwalls EV charging infrastructure, whilst still needing development, has grown over the past couple of years to include a number of fast and slow chargers in addition to C&Câ€™s rapid point.
Michelle added: â€œMost of our business is done in and around St Austell but we use the LEAFs for fares up to 40 miles away all the time. They can easily get there and back and all the driver needs to do is give it a quick charge when heâ€™s back in town."
â€œIt works perfectly and is only going to get easier and easier as the nationwide network of charging points is expanding all the time.â€
At Next Green Car we expect electric vehicles to play an increasing role in the private hire sector with larger vehicles such as the Nissan e-NV200 entering production.
Ben Lane, Managing Editor at Next Green Car, said: â€œBecause of their short journey lengths and regular parking areas, electric vehicles make ideal taxis. Their zero tail-pipe emissions and near silent running will also help tackle air and noise pollution in towns and cities across the UK.â€