Going electric: wheelchair access from Vic Young Ltd is the way forward

Electric vehicle specialists, Vic Young Ltd, is helping more wheelchair accessible vehicles to go electric.  

Brian Marnie, a self-employed driver for Tele & Handys Taxis of Balgray Place, Dundee was the first driver to own a fully electric wheelchair access taxi in the Tayside and Fife area after receiving a Nissan e-NV200 from the electric vehicle specialist, Vic Young Ltd, in January 2020.

With Dundee being a pioneering city for reducing carbon emissions and recently building the first charging hub station for electric cars – Mr Marnie looks to have made a wise investment, especially considering the benefits of possessing an electric car for business purposes:

  • £0 company car tax (benefit in kind) from April 2020
  • £0 congestion charges
  • £0 fuel costs
  • 8 year / 100k battery warranty

Battery range

Powered by a 40kWh lithium-ion battery, the zero-emission wheelchair access taxi purchased from Vic Young Ltd in South Shields – North East England has a range of up to 124–187 miles on a single charge. 

Drivers can also have peace of mind knowing that the battery has an eight year/100,000-mile warranty.

After driving the 100 per cent electric Nissan e-NV200 for over a month, Brian Marnie said: “The taxi is great. I wish I could have bought one years ago as I will be saving a fortune on fuel and service costs. 

“My concerns with regards to charging anxiety were totally unfounded- the fear was greater than the reality. I’ve never had an issue with the vehicle running flat.”

Charging times

Rapid chargers in public locations, such as supermarkets and service stations, will charge the electric taxi from 20 per cent battery to 100 per cent in approximately 45-60 minutes. 

An installed ‘fast home charger of 7kW’ will charge the vehicle to 100 per cent battery in 7.5 hours. It can also be charged via a typical 3-pin mains plug in 11-18 hours. Averagely, the cost per electric car mile is 4.78p.

Congestion charges

Until now, unless drivers worked in London they weren’t concerned about congestion charges. 

However, with an increased number of key cities such as Birmingham, Bristol and Newcastle Upon-Tyne just launching, or with plans to soon launch clean air zones, the £0 congestion and clean air zone charge for electric vehicles may potentially become critical for businesses looking to reduce vehicles costs.

Are you ready to go electric? Visit Vic Young Ltd to learn more.