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Ireland’s First Electric Taxis Take To The Road

From Gerry on Monday 20th June 2011

One of Europe’s first electric taxi services has been launched in Dublin today, offering people a taste of how environmentally friendly electric transport can enhance city living.

ESB ecars and Dublin-based NRC Taxis teamed up to offer the first electric taxi (e-taxi) service in Ireland.

The new initiative was unveiled in Dublin City by ESB chief executive Padraig McManus and NRC director Liam Brady today.

Two e-taxis will now operate on Dublin’s streets, including one wheelchair-accessible vehicle.

This is one of the first “working” electric taxi schemes in Europe and is part of a wider EU research programme that includes gathering data on the performance of electric transport in an urban setting.

As well as offering environmentally friendly driving around the Dublin City area, minimal emissions and reduced noise, the initiative will also give the public the opportunity to experience firsthand the benefits of electric cars.

The average daily mileage of a taxi in Dublin is in the region of 120km, which ESB says is well within the charging range of the Nissan LEAF, at 160km.

An overnight charge will fully power an e-taxi’s battery and it can also be “powered up” during the day if necessary, using fast-charge points.

In the Dublin area, fast-charge points are available at Topaz service stations in Glasnevin, Newlands Cross and Templeville, with ESB aiming to roll out 30 fast-charge points across Ireland by the end of the year.

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