Electric taxis to extend to nearby towns

The electric taxi experiment is officially a hit. According to the Monaco government, the service has met all expectations and is now being extended to neighbouring towns.

© Directorate of Communication – Michael Alesi

At the beginning of July, the Principality introduced a new fleet of 100% electric taxis to supplement the current taxi service available during busy summer months. The 20 vehicles, white in colour with a distinguishable red “swish” on the side, were commissioned at the behest of the Department of Finance and the Economy as part of Monaco’s moves toward becoming a more environmentally friendly locale.

The first month of service saw the new taxis take on 8,000 fares. As a result, it was decided that the service will be expanded beyond Monaco’s borders to include the neighbouring villages of Cap d’Ail, Beausoleil, and Roquebrune Cap Martin (up to the Quatre Chemins roundabout).

Unlike traditional taxis, the tariffs are fixed-rate, costing €15 per trip within the Principality and €25 for journeys into neighbouring towns. Like other taxis, they can be summoned from the streets or accessed via a Smartphone App.

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