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.