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Stoke-on-Trent debuts UK’s first electric learner car

One of the leading driving schools in Stoke-on-Trent is slashing fuel costs by investing in a Nissan Leaf for their learner drivers.

The specially adapted dual control car is available at ASK Driving School and has already proved popular with students.

ASK’s Paul Tomlin said: “Since I took delivery of the Nissan Leaf there has been lots of interest from my fellow instructors and it’s easy to see why.

“The pupils love the car and the immediate success they have had underlines what an easy car the Leaf is to drive. For me personally I’m happy to now avoid the petrol stations and I feel happier for the environment by driving a zero emissions vehicle.”

A generation of young drivers could spend the majority of their driving life using electric cars as millions of new zero emission vehicles take to the roads.

One of ASK’s students has already passed her test after learning in the electric car and now has a driving licence for all automatic cars.

Tomlin predicts that he will save £2,800 a year in fuel costs and he will be able to recharge the vehicle in-between morning and afternoon lessons using a local 50 amp charging point.

Electric cars are becoming increasingly popular amongst corporate customers with many driving instructors and delivery fleet operators considering the vehicles as an alternative to their current vehicles as they offer significantly lower running costs.

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