Derek Mackay MSP, the Scottish Government’s Minister for Transport and the Islands, has officially launched Dundee’s largest electric taxi fleet.
He was joined at an official launch event by executives from Transport Scotland, the Energy Saving Trust, Dundee City Council and Nissan - all have invested and advised on the project.
A fleet of 30 Nissan LEAFs operated by 203020 Electric, part of the Tele Taxis Group, will help to improve air quality in the city and will further enhance the city’s reputation as a leader in green transport.
Welcoming the vehicles into service, Transport Minister Mr Mackay said:
“The Scottish Government is committed to improving air quality in our towns and cities - that is why we have been delighted to support this ambitious project as part of our overall investment of £17 million in a range of low carbon vehicles initiatives over the past two years.
Bold initiatives such as this offer a visible demonstration that this transformation is already happening and I am delighted to be able to experience these vehicles at first hand by taking a ride in one today.
A journey in one of these taxis may well be the first encounter many members of the public will have with an electric vehicle, helping to raise awareness that there are viable alternatives to petrol and diesel cars.
In addition to the environmental benefits and fuel savings, the smoothness and quietness of a ride in these taxis will undoubtedly be appreciated by drivers and passengers alike.”
Stephen Rennie, Transport Programme Manager of the Energy Saving Trust, added:
"We first met David Young of Tele Taxis at our electric vehicle roadshow in 2012 and we are delighted to see his new fleet of electric vehicles on the ground, particularly as it also provides Dundee with publicly accessible charge points.
With the increasingly strong business case for electric vehicles, the Energy Saving Trust, funded by Transport Scotland, provides free and impartial advice to a greater number of Scottish businesses each year.”
Lindsey Taylor at the Energy Saving Trust at Lindsey.Taylor@est.org.uk