I realised the impact exhaust fumes were having on our health and I wanted to make a difference. After looking into an electric car, I realised that financially it made sense too.”
Manny, Taxi Driver
Manny Khan, Leeds
Manny Khan is a private hire driver who has been driving an electric vehicle for his work for the past 18 months. He told us about his experiences:
“I’ve been driving taxis and private hire cars for around 10 years. A year and a half ago I decided to switch to an electric car after my daughter was taken into hospital with a lung infection. This made me realise the impact exhaust fumes were having on our health and I wanted to make a difference.
After looking into an electric car, I realised that financially it made sense too. A petrol car would cost me about £7,500 a year to fuel and maintenance. My electric car costs a fraction of that. The initial start-up cost was expensive but after two years I will have already paid my car off. When I charge at home I have an Economy 7 smart meter which has a cheaper night rate, helping me to minimise the cost of charging.
On an average day I do a four hour shift in the morning, take a break for lunch when I plug my car in, then do another four hours in the afternoon. Most of my jobs are short distance, but I can go as far as Harrogate, York and Halifax with no problems. Then I charge again in the evening so that I am ready for the next day.
I have been happy to own an electric vehicle for my work and have even purchased a new one since.”