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Gett becomes the first ride-hailing app to offer TX Electric taxis in London

Posted: 23 October 2018 | | No comments yet

Recognising the impact that carbon emissions have, the black cab app is now encouraging electric vehicles onto the roads with the new Gett Electric class.

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Gett has become the UK’s first ride-hailing app to offer customers the ability to order the TX Electric taxi in London, meaning passengers can ride completely emissions-free.  

This means customers have the option to take carbon neutral rides through the usual taxi, XL and WAV options, make air quality donations through Gett Green, and ride emission-free with the Gett Electric option.

The design of the TX Electric taxi, from London E V Company (LEVC), allows up to six people to sit in the back, with the option for wheelchair accessibility also available. With a 50kW rapid charge, the battery powers up to 80 per cent in 25 minutes. Whilst being environmentally friendly, the taxis are also cost effective with operators of the TX Electric taxi saving at least £100 in fuel costs.

With the launch of Gett Electric, Gett continues to reduce its carbon output by offering its Central London customers the option to ride solely with electric vehicles. Gett is encouraging their drivers to obtain the TX Electric taxis through reduced commission schemes for cab drivers using the Gett app.

Neil Parish MP, Chair, 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.”

The Gett Electric launch follows other initiatives by Gett to mitigate the carbon emissions from rides. Since September 2018, every ride will be carbon neutral by offsetting 7,500 tonnes of CO2 – the amount it is expected to produce in the UK in the following 12 months – through investments in accredited carbon reduction projects.

Matteo de Renzi, Gett’s UK CEO, said: “We are very proud that our proprietary technology uniquely enables us to offer our London customers the chance to order these excellent new electric taxis. With the alarming pollution levels in London, customers are increasingly looking for eco-friendly ways to travel. Gett are delighted to offer the Gett Electric vehicle option, providing completely emission free rides.”

Through electric black cabs, Gett is supporting efforts to improve mobility in UK cities by reducing the number of vehicles on the road and therefore pollution levels in the UK.

The Gett Electric class is currently available 10:00 to 20:00, Monday to Friday in Central London.

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