Lynx Taxis in Stockport has partnered with Stockport Council and an electric vehicle specialist to measure its emissions and help identify the best locations for electric charging points.
Fifty of the company’s private hire vehicles are being fitted with telematic devices from Electric Blue UK, which will not only measure vehicle emissions but also calculate the feasibility of switching to an electric vehicle and record the routes driven.
It is hoped that the initiative will show drivers and the taxi operator Lynx Taxis the potential financial and environmental benefits of converting their cars to less polluting electric vehicles.
Meanwhile, the collated data will help Stockport Council to identify where to install future electric charging points across the borough.
Cllr Tom McGee, Stockport Council cabinet member for health, said: “We are delighted that Lynx Taxis has shown such enthusiasm for this project and hope that it is a first step on the way to an electric powered taxi fleet in Stockport.
“Air pollution is an urgent public health issue resulting in the premature deaths of around 2,000 people in Greater Manchester alone. Only by working in partnership with business can this serious problem be addressed.”
Nicola Marshall, account manager at Lynx Taxis, added: ““Lynx Taxis are thrilled to be involved with this project and we are very aware of air pollution issues. The interest of our drivers in this initiative has been overwhelming, and we are looking forward to being at the forefront of future change.”