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Teen passes test in electric car

A 'P' plated car bonnet 01/11/12

By James Martini

A teenage motorist from East Yorkshire has become the first Briton to pass their driving test in an electric car.

Navdeep Singh, 18, was behind the wheel of a RED Driving School Vauxhall Ampera when he passed the exam in Hull on Saturday 27 October.

The delighted new driver said: "I am really happy to have passed my driving test and it's exciting that I am the first to have taken it in an electric car."

Ian McIntosh, chief executive of RED Driving School, added: "We are proud that our pupil, Navdeep, is the first in the UK to pass a driving test in an electric car."

The RED driving supremo expects demand for electric car tuition to increase over the coming months, despite motorists having to sit another test if they want to drive a manual car.

All electric and hybrid vehicles currently use automatic transmission, but McIntosh said the electric car driving lessons were being offered to students as part of an "ongoing innovation process" amid the "changing driving industry."

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