The Green Taxi Service
The first taxi firm in the UK to introduce the Nissan LEAF as an integral part of our fleet
The Green Taxi Service
Our environmental policy and culture ensures that we are one of the most environmentally focused taxi firms in Europe.
We were the first taxi firm in the UK to introduce the Nissan LEAF as an integral part of our fleet. In line with our environmental commitments to reduce pollution and waste, the Nissan LEAF provided the solution. The LEAF emits no carbon dioxide during journeys: there is no negative impact on the environment whilst the car is in use.
The impact has been substantial. As a business we’ve grown rapidly, doubling our turnover and dramatically increasing our fleet size. And yet, we’ve slashed our carbon footprint by one third since 2010 (as of September 2013).
In 2015, we became the first taxi firm in the UK to add the Tesla Model S 100% electric super-car to our fleet. Like the LEAF, the Tesla is 100% electric and completely carbon free to operate.
Our commitment to reducing our impact on the environment is no flash in the pan. Since as far back as 1997, taxis in our fleet have run on the cleaner Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) fuel, and in 2009 we introduced of a range of Hybrid vehicles.
Our electric taxi fleet now stands at around 30, the largest in the UK. We have achieved IS0140001 accreditation for our environmental management processes and are constantly improving our supply chain and internal processes to further reduce our impact on the environment. In 2014, Phoenix also became a member of the Woodland Trust. In 2015 and 2016 we received numerous business awards for our environmental policy.
As of 2017, we’ve funded and installed 3 rapid chargers, 2 in Northumberland and 1 at Newcastle University main campus. We also have 8 wall chargers: 6 in Northumberland, 1 at Newcastle University main campus and 1 in Gosforth. We’re currently in the process of rapidly expanding our network of charge points.
Long term objectives
Our commitment to the environment is not a publicity stunt. While we applaud other firms making inroads to sustainability in their taxi fleets, it’s an essential part of our business model. By the end of 2017, we’ll have 50 electric taxis in our fleet, with plans to add 50 more with the intention of becoming the largest carbon free fleet in Europe.
We are delighted that our clients, some of the region’s largest businesses, have recognised that using our electric taxis leads to a huge reduction in their carbon footprint. We support them and their own efforts to achieve environmental sustainability.