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New electric taxis for the summer

New electric taxis for the summer

By Cassandra Tanti - July 2, 2019

A fleet of electric taxis are now available throughout the Principality, providing a much needed boost to services in the busy summer months.

A fleet of new electric taxis are currently in service throughout the Principality. Photo credit: Conseil National de Monaco

The 100% electric vehicles will allow travel throughout Monaco at the basic fixed price of 15€ and, like normal taxis, customers will be able to hail the vehicle in the street. People will also be able to download the ‘Taxis Monaco’ app for fast booking and free travel estimates.

“Monegasques and residents are regularly echoing, together with elected officials, their difficulty in finding a taxi at certain times (especially in the summer) for travel,” said the National Council. “In recent months, a series of meetings have been held at the National Council with ‘artisans’ taxis in connection with the Monaco Government, to offer an ever more efficient service to residents and visitors to the Principality.”

Seven electric taxis will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are white in colour with an ‘electricity taxi’ logo on the side in the traditional Monegasque colour of red.

Licensed taxi operators were given the option to purchase an electric vehicle to add to their fleet and were rewarded with the usual government subsidies. Drivers will have a seasonal license that will be granted by the State.

Five charging stations will be reserved for the vehicles, while 18 terminals located throughout the Principality will also be available to drivers.

The seasonal electric taxis will not only help meet demand, they will also adhere to Monaco’s current Energy Transition, and are expected to facilitate shopping within the Principality.

The fleet will run until 31st October, when an assessment of the service is expected to be delivered.

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