Meet the team: Phil from London

As our fuel cell electric hybrid Black Cabs are on London’s roads transporting VIPs around the capital, we thought you would like to know a little more about the five cabbies behind the wheel, and first up is Phil.

Phil has been a licensed London taxi driver for nearly 40 years, covering about 30,000 miles per year. Phil’s driven many different London taxis, often trialling new versions, and he’s followed our zero emission taxis closely, “I was excited that the original concept had come to fruition. To be able to drive one was an amazing experience.”

When Phil is not driving a taxi, he is in charge of The Children’s Magical Taxi Tour, where 100 London taxis take 200 children with life threatening illnesses on a three day, 750 mile round trip to Disneyland, Paris. It’s an excellent event for a very worthwhile cause, so do visit the link!

After taking the fuel cell electric taxi for a spin Phil gave us a few more thoughts, “At first, I was not sure what to expect, but once I started driving I found it very easy with excellent steering. The most obvious difference was the sound level, without the engine noise I could talk to the passengers easily.”

Finally, we asked Phil about his passengers, “Probably the most famous person who rode in the back of my cab was Jack Nicolson, Jimmy Saville was also a regular taxi passenger. During the Olympic Bid, I carried most of the sportsmen and women involved, including Lord Coe, Bobbie Charlton, Tani Grey Thompson, and Sir Steve Redgrave.”


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