Taxi boss in 700-mile round trip to pick up electric car

Mark Richards and Andy Lloyd
Mark Richards and Andy Lloyd

A Cornish cab driver has hailed a Burnley firm – after becoming one of the first people in the UK to take delivery of a new Nissan electric taxi.

Mark Richards clocked up more than 700 miles when he made the round trip from St Austell in Cornwall to the Chorley Group’s Nissan dealership in Westgate, Burnley.

But the taxi boss didn’t need to worry about his meter racking up a bill on the return journey because his all-electric new motor costs just 2p a mile to run.

The Chorley Group are one of the first Nissan dealers in the country to sell the new e-NV200 taxi.

Mark, who works for C&C Taxis in St Austell, said: “We’ve been using Nissan Leafs for a while now.

“The e-NV200 will have paid for itself in savings within a few years and it is much better for the environment than the big carriers we use at the minute.”

Andy Lloyd, general manager of the Chorley Group’s Burnley dealership, said the company had invested a lot of money in electric vehicle technology over the last 18 months and that demand was constantly growing.