A free event to help Wolverhampton’s taxi and private hire network learn all about the benefits of electric vehicles (EVs) takes place this Monday (30 January).

The council funded event is open to City of Wolverhampton Council hackney carriage and private hire licence holders (driver, vehicle, or operator) that are based in Wolverhampton (WV) postcode areas.

The free electric taxi and private hire vehicle showcase is at Car Park 2 at WV Active Aldersley between 10am and 2pm. 

There will be information on the benefits of using electric vehicles, including lower running costs and being environmentally friendly and the opportunity to address any queries on EVs.

Councillor Phil Page, chair of the council’s regulatory committee, said:

“Climate change endangers our planet, our nation and our city. If you are considering owning an electric vehicle (EV), an important and growing priority for all Wulfrunians, then this event offers the perfect opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

“There are many benefits to getting an electric vehicle, including lower running costs and helping the environment, and they are a growing part of transport in our city. By 2035, the government is looking to ban the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles and the city needs to be ready. Transport is responsible for much of our roadside air pollution. 

“As Wolverhampton Council continues work towards creating a greener city in line with our pledge to become a carbon neutral city by 2028, we need more and more people to continue to make the switch to electric cars as well as electrifying taxi fleets in congested city area as this is crucial in bringing down transport emissions and cleaning up our air.

We are in the process of replacing council diesel vehicles with electric ones but that’s not the end of the story to help us drive forward our green agenda. Delivering cleaner and greener transport is a key part of what drives this event to showcase EVs.”

Greg Bickerdike, Licensing Manager at City of Wolverhampton Council, added: 

“Carl Christie, Fleet Strategy Lead at Cenex, and I will be available to answer any questions you may have about the Council’s plans for electric taxi and private hire vehicles and on the broader availability, performance, and operating costs of electric vehicles.”

Anyone interested in learning more about EVs and taking the crucial steps towards lower emissions and cleaner air can join Cenex, Clipper Automotive, and West Way Nissan for this free electric taxi and private hire showcase . More details at eventbrite and please visit Site wide search for more information on EVs.