Utrecht introduces electric taxis (The Netherlands)

By News Editor / Updated: 23 Sep 2014
A pilot project involving electric taxis has recently begun the city of Utrecht. Prestige Taxi has invested in 40 electric vehicles and charging stations. During the pilot project several studies will be conducted to evaluate how electric taxis transport can be successfully introduced within the wider transport system.
A pilot project involving electric taxis has recently begun the city of Utrecht. Prestige Taxi (a local taxi company) has invested in 40 GreenCab electric taxis and charging stations. During the pilot project several studies will be conducted to evaluate the feasibility of using such vehicles and how electric taxis transport can be successfully introduced within the wider transport system.

Prestige Taxi, who has previously introduced biogas-powered taxis, received a grant to assist with the introduction of the pilot scheme. This new pilot project runs until the end of 2012 and during this period the electric taxis and charging stations will be introduced.

Prestige Taxi is collaborating with several partners to make the GreenCab taxi scheme possible, including Mitsubishi Motors, Renault and Peugeot who manufacture the cars, and the Municipality of Utrecht who is currently investigating how and where the charging stations can be located in Utrecht. All the Greencab taxis will have distinctive markings to allow users to recognize them as eco-friendly taxis. The electric taxis will operate and cost the same as other taxis. As the vehicles have no ‘direct’ CO2 emissions, they will help improve local air quality, and also allow passengers to learn more about electric vehicles.

During the pilot project several studies will be conducted in collaboration with partners, including TNO Automotive and Kyoto Lease to learn how electric taxis can be embedded within mainstream transport services, as well as providing an insight into practical operational issues, such as maintenance issues, the performance of cars and batteries, and practicalities involved implementing the charging station infrastructure.

Source: Verkeersnet.nl, Prestigetaxi website

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Walking and cycling