From March 2, Dutch Transdev-daughter Connexxion Taxi (3.500 taxis in The Netherlands, mainly used for contract work) will be running a year-long test with a 100 Nissan e-NV200 Evalia taxis in the Amsterdam-based AOV-system, aimed at transporting people with mobility handicaps and elderly people over 75. This is the largest test with e-taxis in The Netherlands.
The AOV, additional public transport system for Amsterdam is a door-to-door system set up purely for social and recreational transport. Every day 2.800 to 2.900 trips are made. From March 2, 900 of these trips will be made with e-taxis, reducing CO2-output by 417 tons annually and save 200,000 liters of fuel.
Connexxion’s commercial director Eric Eijndhoven is already enthusiastic: “The use of these zero-emission taxis in Amsterdam is another important step in realising Connexxion’s ambition to be the most sustainable transport operator in The Netherlands. CO2 and NOx are reduced by 38 percent by using these electric vehicles. We are proud to do this in Amsterdam and to invest in this trial.”
AOV-customers may have to get used to the new vehicle, but it shows the familiar AOV-style on the outside of the vehicle. Users will soon experience a virtually noiseless ride in this 4 seater taxi.
Initially the Nissan e-NV200 will be used for one year. During the test and throughout the year the range and charging time will be evaluated under all weather and traffic conditions. The cabs are charged at Connexxion’s Amsterdam site. Drivers currently follow a special course to drive the new vehicle as efficiently as possible.
- Large-scale trial with 100 e-taxis in Amsterdam.