Bradford Telegraph and ArgusCab firm looks to the future with electric cars trial (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)

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Keighley cab firm looks to the future with electric cars trial

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Company owner Stuart Hastings with the electric car Company owner Stuart Hastings with the electric car

A Keighley cab firm is stepping into what could become the future of transport – by trialling an electric car.

Metro Taxis in Church Street has bought a Nissan Leaf, and is investigating the possibility of switching more of its commercial operations over to electricity.

Company owner Stuart Hastings (pictured with the car) said: “I’ve been driving it for the last week and I’m really impressed with it.

“If the trial is successful we would definitely start to buy electric cars instead of diesel cars.”

He said there were no public electric vehicle charging points in Keighley, so the firm would look to install its own “rapid charger”.

He emphasised that a car being driven as a taxi is used more intensively than most private vehicles, which is why his company needs to make sure electric cars are up to the job.

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10:05am Mon 31 Mar 14

Joedavid says...

Looks like a car and not a van as in Bradford.
Will this electric one be seen in Bradford to be tested on the hills?
Looks like a car and not a van as in Bradford. Will this electric one be seen in Bradford to be tested on the hills? Joedavid
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2:53pm Mon 31 Mar 14

bd7 helper says...

Taxi fares should go down
Taxi fares should go down bd7 helper
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9:28pm Mon 31 Mar 14

steve10 says...

bd7 helper wrote:
Taxi fares should go down
Might just slow them down a bit :-)
[quote][p][bold]bd7 helper[/bold] wrote: Taxi fares should go down[/p][/quote]Might just slow them down a bit :-) steve10
  • Score: 2

10:55pm Mon 31 Mar 14

BierleyBoy says...

At the present time, not a workable idea. Limited range, charging times, battery durability and life span, cold weather operation, investment in charging points, time off road.

Will be a few years before the technology is ready for heavy duty usage
At the present time, not a workable idea. Limited range, charging times, battery durability and life span, cold weather operation, investment in charging points, time off road. Will be a few years before the technology is ready for heavy duty usage BierleyBoy
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