Gett, a black taxi mobile application, will become the United Kingdom's very first ride-hailing platform that'll include the choice to only book electric vehicles.
Gett Electric rides are available in London from 10 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday.
Drivers use TX Electric taxis which seat six passengers and have USB ports, wifi, temperature control, a glass roof, and wheelchair accessibility. They have a range of 80 miles.
Gett CEO Matteo de Renzi told Business Traveller the service could initially be slower than hailing a traditional cab but would speed up as the size of the electric fleet increased. Currently, around 300 of Gett’s 10,000 London cabs are electric.
“It’s still in the early stages,” de Renzi said, “but you can see an estimated arrival time and decide up front whether to choose a standard version, which comes in four minutes on average.”
“We’ve had an incredible number of requests from users about when they can request an electric car,” he added. “And for businesses, it’s more and more important to show for their corporate responsibility programmes they care about the environment, so we have also had a lot of requests from businesses.”
Neil Parish MP, chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, said: “The London taxi trade is modernising and the TXE cab is an important part of that journey. Its environmental credentials mean it is playing a significant role in reducing air pollution in London. It’s great to see Gett supporting this new environmentally friendly step.”
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