Among the conditions to qualify for the grants, the City requires that cars must not exceed 80 mg/km of oxides of nitrogen or 160 gr/km of carbon dioxide. At the same time, the local government imposes a progressive renewal of the existing taxi fleet and the introduction of cleaner fuel technologies. Both aspects are essential along the way to reduce emissions.
Over the last four years, due to the efforts made by drivers and a few companies from both the automotive and fuel distribution sectors, the choice of environmentally friendly vehicles has increased from less than 15% to 45%. As a result, 3,381 from a total of 15,709 existing taxis are already using new technologies such as hybrid and compressed natural gas.
The initiative is carried out also in collaboration with private companies. Gas Natural Servicios joins the search for alternative fuel solutions for a sustainable mobility in the taxi sector by paying the supply of the first 1,000 euros of CNG refueled at its filling stations. Repsol, SEAT and Toyota are supporting the project as well.
Source: City of Madrid.