Taxi Electric, Connexxion and TCA operate more than 170 Nissan LEAF and e-NV200 electric vehicles for private hire by hotel and airport clientele, businesses, and those with restricted mobility. The growing trend in EVs as public transport began in 2011.
“We started Taxi Electric being the first fully-electric taxi company in Amsterdam because we wanted to have a major impact in this city,” said Taxi Electric co-founder Edvard Hendriksen. The firm’s three LEAF vehicles have grown into a fleet of 22. Hendriksen said local and national subsidies for EVs – a total of 10,000 euro per vehicle – and the lower cost of maintenance and electricity reduces the cost per kilometer compared with standard taxis. “Apparently we had a good idea three years back, because other companies are seeing the potential in EV taxis,” added Hendriksen.
TCA now has fifty e-NV200 vehicles as part of their fleet of 1,300 taxis. Chief Financial Officer Richard van der Veen said TCA’s EV program, now in its second month, is steadily gaining attention, resulting in more trips and profit for drivers. “Sustainability is a big issue for TCA and we try to make models for our drivers to make also sustainability profitable. The demand for electric vehicles and zero emission vehicles will be much bigger. We think it’s the future,” he stressed.
In addition, Connexxion, Europe’s largest public transport company, just purchased one-hundred e-NV200 vehicles. In the coming year, Connexxion will also save on 200,000 liters of diesel and reduce CO2 emissions by 417 tons.
Holland has the highest density of charging stations. Each month the city adds 25 new charging points, aiming for a total of 4,000 in 2018. It is all part of Amsterdam’s goal to be emission-free by 2025.
Source: Nissan Europe.