A DUBLIN taxi driver says he has saved €6,500 over the past 18 months by ferrying passengers in an electric car.
Padraig Daly has clocked up more than 55,000km around the capital as part of a trial between ESB ecars and National Radio Cabs.
The trial, to evaluate electric vehicles as part of the taxi industry, has been deemed so successful that it will be extended for another year.
Analysis produced yesterday shows that savings of up to 12.9 cent per km can be achieved by driving an electric vehicle, powered by night-rate electricity, in comparison with a conventional car.
For 55,000km, this would equate to fuel savings of over €6,500, and a net reduction in over four tonnes of CO2 emissions.
In addition to the fuel and emission savings, electric vehicles also benefit by availing of a government grant of up to €5,000 on the purchase price, qualifying for the lowest band of road tax (€120 per annum), and from significantly lower maintenance and service costs.
"The e-taxi has proved really popular with passengers," said Mr Daly.
"Most are pleasantly surprised at how well it performs in comparison to petrol or diesel-fuelled cars, and how quiet it is," he said.