Electric WAV Taxi

Brian Marnie, a self-employed driver for Tele & Handy’s Taxis of Dundee, is the first Cabbie to own a 100% Electric, ZERO Emissions, Wheelchair Access Hackney in the Tayside & Fife area.

Battery range

Powered by a 40kWh lithium-ion battery, the 100% Electric, Zero Emissions Wheelchair Access Hackney, conversion by Vic Young (South Shields) Ltd, has a range of up to 124 - 187 miles on a single charge. Drivers can also have peace of mind knowing that the battery has an 8 year / 100,000 mile warranty.

Owner Brian Marnie said “I’m excited to own the first Fully Electric Wheelchair Access Hackney in the area - it will provide me with a great vehicle that allows me to transport wheelchair users to their destination, with the added fact that I’m doing my bit for climate change as well as potentially saving my business thousands in fuel and tax costs.”

Nissan e-NV200 Electric Taxi

Charging times

Rapid chargers in public locations such as supermarkets and service stations will charge the Electric Wheelchair Access Hackney from 20% battery to 100% in approximately 45-60 minutes. An installed ‘fast home charger of 7kW’ will charge the vehicle to 100% battery in 7.5 hours. It can also be charged via a typical 3-pin mains plug in 11-18 hours. Averagely, the cost per electric car mile is 4.78p.

Vic Young, managing director of Vic Young (South Shields) Ltd, said: “Providing electric vehicles to Scotland is a great achievement for us. I firmly believe the market is ready to go all-electric with vehicles for trade and industry. As an added bonus for Dundee taxi drivers, Transport Scotland’s electric vehicle interest free loan of up to £35,000 can help with the cost of a new fully electric/plug-in/hybrid vehicle.”

Brian has given us some words on his experience with his electric taxi and the benefits of driving it: "The taxi is great. I wish I could have bought one years ago as I will be saving a fortune on fuel and service costs. My concerns with regards to charging anxiety were totally unfounded- the fear was greater than the reality. I've never had an issue with the vehicle running flat. Vic Young showed me the savings- the man was right. Customers love the drive compared to diesel; a smooth, quiet drive compared to diesel; plus the fact that I have done my bit for the environment. A lot of Dundee Taxi Operators have shown a keen interest in the vehicle."

Nissan e-NV200 Electric Taxi

Electric commercial vehicles

North East Motor Dealer and Conversions Specialists - Vic Young (South Shields) Ltd has created a range of fully-electric vehicles suitable for private and commercial use to meet demand created by the UK government-backed zero carbon agenda. The suite of Electric Vehicles includes:

  • Electric Box Van
  • Electric Wheelchair Access Taxi
  • Electric Drop side Tipper
  • The first electric MG car

Nissan Electric Box Van
Electric Box Van
Nissan e-NV200 Hackney Taxi
Electric Wheelchair Access Taxi

Nissan e-NV200 All-Electric Drop side Cage Tipper
Electric Drop side Tipper
MG ZS EV | Pimlico Blue
The first electric MG car

Congestion charges

Until now, unless drivers worked in London they weren’t concerned about congestion charges. However with an increased number of key cities such as Birmingham, Bristol and Newcastle Upon Tyne just launching, or with plans to soon launch clean air zones, the congestion and clean air zone charge for electric vehicles may potentially become critical for businesses looking to reduce vehicles costs.

A typical lightweight commercial van would amount to £100 a day in clean air zone charge and an additional £11.50 a day congestion charge. Multiply that by 5 days a week / 52 weeks a year and the annual costs for a single vehicle are staggering. The potential savings of driving an electric car are enormous.