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London's First Zero-Emission Electric Taxis Hit the Streets

by , 02/04/12
filed under: Green Transportation, News

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When it comes to clean transportation, London is charging ahead at maximum speed – not only is the city’s mayor a cycling enthusiast, but he helped to push the introduction of London’s first hydrogen fuel cell taxis just in time for the 2012 Olympics! This week The Big Smoke rolled out their first fleet of zero emission taxis, which are now making their way across the city’s busy streets.

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Produced by the eco-minded ClimateCars, the zero emission minicabs consist of two Renault Fluence Z.E.s who hold the distinction of being the first electric Fluence models to reach the UK, ahead of their release in Autumn. While the firm has offered low carbon or hybrid vehicles in the past, the Fluence’s introduction signals the first time the capital has seen zero-emission taxis.

MD Nicko Williamson believes that they will be the first in a EV surge: “The addition of the fully electric  to ClimateCars fleet marks a crucial step towards our aim of being the world’s first zero emission car service.” “We are really excited to have partnered with Renault and are looking forward to offering a 100% electric car service to our customers.”

If you live in London and are interested in hiring out the Fluences, then the good news is that you will be charged at the same rate as the existing hybrid models. You might also be able to spot them out on the streets as they’ll be primarily based in Central London to take advantage of the number of charge points that have been provided by Mayor Boris Johnson’s Source London network.

Thierry Sybord, MD of Renault UK, also commented on the Fluences’ introduction to the city of London, saying that they will be instrumental in reducing London’s carbon output. “Fluence Z.E. will be the perfect way to be transported around the urban and suburban sprawl of the nation’s capital in refined and reliable zero-emission style. I hope both ClimateCars and their clients enjoy their electric experience.”

If you manage to get a ride in one, email us and let us know how it was.

+ Renault UK/ClimateCars

Via The Green Car Website

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2 Comments

  1. FacebookUser5 December 27, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    How Exciting A taxi firm here in Liverpool is trying to get a fleet of for electric cars on the road but the local council are refusing to license them due to customer complaints. They are worried that a customer will get in and say london please !.

    I believe they are nissan leaf,s http://www.electriccarrange.co.uk/electric-cars/nissan-leaf/

  2. ffinder February 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Renault Fluence Z.E.s have swithable batteries.
    In Tokyo, Better Place had a battery switch station for taxis.
    Why not build one in London for their taxis too.

    ff

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