Great news from Ireland! A Dublin taxi driver has saved over €6,500 (AUD 8,500) on fuel over the past 18 months driving an electric car. The companies ESB (Electricity Supply Board) ecars and National Radio Cabs have put together a trial program to evaluate the electric car’s performance. The results are very encouraging and the trial will be extended for another year.
The taxi company claims that the use of the electric car shows a net reduction of over 4 tonnes of CO2 emissions for 55,000km. The taxi driver Padraig Daly said that the e-taxi was also very popular among passengers. People are impressed how silent the car can be but also with the car’s performance compared to petrol or diesel models.
The Irish government also concede some benefits such as a grant of up to €5,000 (AUD 6,508) on the purchase price and qualification for the lowest band of road tax. Other good news is that the e-taxi also requires lower maintenance and service costs.
All these financial advantages should influence and convince more people to swap their cars for the eco-friendly version. It is true that eco-friendly cars are more expensive than ordinary cars, but companies are finding ways to reduce the production costs using more recycled and sustainable materials and also rethinking the engineering with the aim of reducing the retail price.
- Government to promote “green,” electric taxis as part of initiative (insidecostarica.com)