A teenager from Hull becomes the first person to take and pass a driving test in an electric car.
18-year old Navdeep Singh Pandher was very excited to finally begin driving as passing his test first time round.
“I’ll be using my mum’s car to drive her around and get to university”, the computer science student said. “One of the main reasons I started driving was to help my mum.”
Navdeep’s mother suffers from heart problems, asthma and diabetes. While she is still able to drive it may not be too long before she is relying on her son to get her from A to B.
The monumental driving test was taken in the Vauxhall Ampera, the first long-distance electric car in the UK.
Anthony Fuller, the Red Driving School instructor who oversaw Navdeep’s test, said: “An electric car feels a lot different to an unleaded or diesel car.
“It is very smooth and very quiet – the biggest thing people notice is the lack of noise, the engine is totally silent.”
Despite being very nervous when the test began, Navdeep passed with just two minor faults.
“He is extremely mature for his years and drives like it,” Anthony continued.
“When I teach people to drive, especially young men, they tend to have an issue with speed.
“Navdeep doesn’t have that kind of personality about him – he sees problems and takes them on board.
“He is a very careful driver.”