Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro announced that at the end of this year 50 electric taxis will start work in the country’s capital as part of a “pilot scheme that allows the renewal of the taxi fleet which is contaminated with toxic waste.”
The new taxis are environmentally friendly and produce 80% less greenhouse gases. Added to this is the reduced cost on petrol; a 250km journey in a normal taxi costs about $33 whereas in an electric one the cost is only $6, according to El Espectador.
Bogota is streets ahead with this initiative as only a few other cities worldwide have electric taxis. Mexico City got them in 2011 and Shenzhen in China in 2010, while the first electric taxis arrived in London only in July.