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Renewable the name of the game for Solihull’s cabs


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Licenced taxi drivers in Solihull were invited along to the Council’s Moat Lane depot this morning to find out more about converting their old diesel cabs into zero emission electric vehicles.


Nearly 40% of all carbon emissions in Solihull are currently attributed to road traffic.


As part of an information raising event organised by Solihull Council and Clipper Automotive, taxi drivers were given the chance to test-drive a fully electric cab while discovering how it’s now possible to upgrade their own older polluting vehicles.


Cllr Andy Mackiewicz, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Climate Change, Planning & Housing:


“We know that transport currently accounts for 39% of the borough’s total carbon emissions. It’s clear that a range of solutions are going to be needed if we are to tackle this problem and meet our net zero carbon aspirations for the borough by 2041.


“Of course we can’t make this happen by ourselves but there are key actions that we can, and are, taking as a Council that can make a real difference, such as facilitating the roll out of EV charging infrastructure, upgrading our own fleet of vehicles and supporting taxis and private hire vehicle owners to do the same.”


Alex Howard, Co-founder Clipper Automotive, added: “The cabs are a great example of the circular economy in action. By up-cycling diesel cabs we instantly remove pollution from town centres, and minimise carbon footprint.


“We are giving taxi owners and drivers a real option: zero emissions, and fuel savings of over £100 a week. A taxi that is fit for purpose and fit for the 21st century. We think it’s a win win for everyone.”


Solihull’s EV strategy forms part of the wider West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) funded UK Central investment programme, which is delivering a wide range of projects, including highway, walking and cycling improvement schemes and town centre redevelopments.

Written by: David Watkins

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