First elec­tric taxi ser­vice for Fort

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A FORT Wil­liam busi­ness­man has launched the first fully elec­tric, zero- emis­sion taxi ser­vice in the High­lands.

And his ex­pan­sion plans could see him lead­ing the way in Scot­land with his elec­tric car chauf­feur ser­vice.

Scott Eas­son, who was born and bred in the west High­lands, has al­ways been in­ter­ested in elec­tric cars. He bought his first one in 2015 and set up Ele­car. He ini­tially op­er­ated a chauf­feur ser­vice us­ing a Tesla car but in Novem­ber last year, he in­tro­duced a taxi ser­vice us­ing a Nis­san Leaf.

Mr Eas­son said: ‘ Busi­ness is go­ing quite well. Peo­ple get very in­ter­ested in the elec­tric cars when they get in them. The taxis are get­ting more pop­u­lar.’

He is al­ready plan­ning to ex­pand the busi­ness and has or­dered a sec­ond Tesla car – a model which is not yet in pro­duc­tion. ‘I’ve or­dered a Tesla 3. I’m the first in Scot­land to or­der one so I should be the first in Scot­land to have one when it comes out at the end of this year, al­though I’m not ex­pect­ing to get it un­til 2018. I want to pro­mote elec­tric cars. They’re re­ally smooth and quiet to drive, and there’s no ser­vic­ing costs.

‘The en­vi­ron­ment is a big part of it. It means cus­tomers and other taxis sit­ting be­hind me at a rank don’t have to breathe in fumes from my car.’

Mr Eas­son is also try­ing to get more charge points in­stalled around Fort Wil­liam, par­tic­u­larly rapid charge ones which al­low for much faster charg­ing. There is only one such point in Fort Wil­liam at the mo­ment, in the An Aird car park be­hind Mor­risons.

‘I’m try­ing to work with Tesla to get a spe­cific Tesla charge point put in,’ added Mr Eas­son.

He is aware there is a con­cep­tion about elec­tric cars be­ing dangerous be­cause they are so quiet and there­fore peo­ple might be less likely to hear com­ing, but he doesn’t be­lieve there are real safety is­sues with them.

‘Peo­ple will walk out in front of cars that are not elec­tric just as eas­ily.

‘I’ve also read that more peo­ple are killed through fumes given off from cars than ac­tu­ally be­ing hit by them, so in that re­spect the elec­tric cars are safer.’

The long-term plan for Ele­car is for it to be a 24/ 7 ser­vice in Fort Wil­liam, per­haps as soon as next year, al­though at the mo­ment avail­abil­ity of suit­able cars is still an is­sue as elec­tric cars are still a rel­a­tively new con­cept.

Scott uses the Tesla S 85D Su­per­car (L) for his chauf­feur ser­vice and wed­dings, and the Nis­san Leaf, back, for his taxi ser­vice.

Scott and his daugh­ter Emily with the Nis­san Leaf elec­tric taxi.

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