Wheels get rolling on first e-cabs
Some taxi passengers will now hear nothing but the sound of their driver.
The country's first two electric and silent taxis were rolled out in Dublin yesterday.
"It's the way of the future," beamed taxi driver Padraig Daly, from behind the wheel of his new Nissan Leaf all-electric car.
The €35,000 vehicle was unveiled as part of the launch by ESB e-cars and Dublin-based National Radio Cabs (NRC), one of Europe's first electric taxi services.
NRC Taxis, which will operate the Nissan as well as a wheelchair-accessible Peugeot people carrier, said it was the first step on the road to making its fleet of 700 cars "carbon neutral".
The launch came as the ESB continues to roll out hundreds of charge points across the country, where drivers will be able to plug in their cars to recharge the batteries.
The e-cars can run for up to 170km a day on a single charge that costs just €2.30.
However, there is no indication at this stage that passenger costs will be reduced.