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Greener way to travel — electric taxi launches on the Isle of Wight

Matt Malkin, of e-Taxi IOW, with the Island’s first electric taxi.

Matt Malkin, of e-Taxi IOW, with the Island’s first electric taxi.

Joanna Hunt

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Saturday, September 2, 2017 - 7:50

THE Isle of Wight's first electric taxi has already proved popular with customers.
Set up by Matt Malkin, of Vinings Road, Sandown, the Newport-based firm offers a more green way of travelling.
The 25-year-old driver and owner of e-Taxi IOW, said there was a gap in the market for the energy-efficient initiative, and since launching last Monday he has taken around 70 fares.
It costs just £3 to charge his fully electric, zero-emission Nissan Leaf vehicle, and he plans to install solar panels at a later date so he can charge the car from them and make the process even greener. Matt said: "It is much cheaper to run an electric car, it costs around 2p a mile.
"They are really good for the environment and also really fun to drive. It's quite nippy and accelerates really quickly as the power is instant, you don't have to wait for it to build up."
The car's battery is topped up when needed at the electric charging point in Chapel Street car park, in Newport.
To help promote the new business, Matt plans to offer a 20 per cent discount on fares during September.

 


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