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Minicab is first to go electric; Price is right for George's new vehicle.

Byline: STEVE GRAVES @steve_graves

A TAXI driver is enjoying life at the wheel of Merseyside's first electric minicab.

George Price opted to go green in a bid to cut his fuel costs and do his bit to help the environment.

His Nissan Leaf car was licensed on Friday by Knowsley council in a first for the region. A1 Radio Cars driver George, from Old Swan, said: "Given the mileage I cover as a taxi driver, it was becoming increasingly expensive to fill up at the pumps."

The vehicle is charged using solar panels at George's house and can also be filled up at public charging points.

At the moment there are only six points in Merseyside, but that figure is expected to multiply as private and commercial drivers take up the new technology.

Council chiefs said George's vehicle would be useful as a test case to see how larger fleets could go electric in future.

Cllr Thomas Grierson, chairman of the authority's licensing committee, said: "This is a great opportunity for the borough and I hope further taxi and private hire providers may look to broaden their fleet with electric cars.

"This supports the council's commitment to reducing carbon emissions and to supporting Knowsley residents in reducing carbon emissions in their community."

A1 Radio Cars owner Jason Tomlinson said: "We believe it's the first in Merseyside and possibly the whole North West.

"When George said he was going to do this everyone said he was mad and it wouldn't work.

"But he's proved people wrong and we're really pleased about it."

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FULL POWER: Taxi owner George Price, who is the proud driver of the region's first all-electric minicab
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Date:Jul 29, 2013
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