Cumbria's first electric taxi?

A taxi firm in Cumbria believe they are the first in the county to have an electric car. They bought it two weeks ago but today will be it's first day on the road. Owner, Sue McKenzie also believes it's the first in the North West.

Electric taxis: The future of transport?

Cumbria's first electricly powered taxi has begun taking its first fare. It's costing Sue's Taxis in Workington just three pence-a-mile to run it.

But the snag is that it can only go 100 miles before it needs charging. So is the electric taxi the future of transport - or will it run out of juice? Matthew Taylor has been to take a look.

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Is this Cumbria's first electric taxi?

Could this be the first electric taxi in Cumbria? Credit: Solway Renewable Energy Ltd

A taxi firm in Workington believe they are the first in the county to use an electric car.

Sue's Taxis bought the eco-friendly car two weeks ago but it will become fully licensed later today, Wednesday 9 July.

Sue McKenzie, who owns the firm, trialled the car for three days and said both she, and passengers, were impressed.

She says one of the main selling points of the car is that it's quieter than a normal car.