The merits of environmentally friendly electric cars are enthusiastically endorsed by Fintan Gorman of Gorman's Taxi.
Fintan turned over a new leaf in his taxi business last summer when he bought a fully electric, Nissan Leaf, and he reckons it is the only electric taxi in Laois and Offaly.
Fintan bought the Nissan Leaf from Downey's Autostop on the Dublin Road, and is very happy with the car, which he emphasises is fully electric and not a hybrid.
"The main reason I opted for an electric car was to cut down on fuel and maintenance costs.
"There is very little maintenance on an electric car. I also benefited from a grant of €5,000 for it. I calcutated that with my old diesel car I was losing one month in the year, between breakdowns and repairs.
"Since I bought the Nissan Leaf, I have increased my customer base, because many people like it because it is environmentally friendly.
“It is zero omissions. I'm saving €160 on fuel, and up to €60 on garage maintenance a week.
"I fast charge at the Midway Hotel and it takes 25 minutes.
“This covers up to 200 kilometres. The maximum that can be done is 240 kilometres. The charge points are free all over Ireland at the moment.
"I can also slow charge it at home overnight and the cost of this is €3.50 a night."
Originally from Rosenallis, Fintan has now based Gorman's Taxi in Portlaoise, but he also does calls from Mountmellick.
Fintan's taxi is on call seven days a week, from early to late. Fintan thanked all those who sponsored him. Contact Gorman's Taxi at 087 - 7645855.