Bromsgrove Charing Points for Taxis
Bromsgrove to install ten charge points to encourage more taxi drivers to switch to electric vehicles.
10:08 17 February 2019
Bromsgrove has received £300,000 government funding to install additional ten charge points for electric taxis across the district. The scheme aims to encourage more drivers to switch to electric vehicles to improve air quality in town and city centres.
Bromsgrove District currently has two ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV).
Taxi drivers in the area are delighted by the news. Manos Passaris, who has had had his Nissan Leaf for four years, said he now saves more than £6,000 on fuel every year.
He said: “It’s great news – we didn’t expect to get so much money or so quickly.
“It’s always been as passion of mine since I was younger – I always asked why they could not make more electric cars – now we have the technology.”
The Bromsgrove District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Councillor Margaret Sherrey, said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have secured this money as this will support air quality standards in our urban areas.”
Coun Karen May, Deputy Leader and Portfolio-holder for Economic Development, said: “This news will bring economic stability and growth for an important form of transport for the District, including improving access to rural areas.
“We will be using this opportunity to look at expanding charge points for general public use.”