Gett, the black taxi app, has become the UK’s first ride hailing app to offer customers the ability to exclusively order the new TX Electric taxi in London, meaning passengers can ride completely emissions-free.
Gett’s customers will now 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 smart design of the TX Electric taxi allows up to six people to comfortably sit in the back, with the option for wheelchair accessibility also available. With a 50kW rapid charge, the battery powers up to 80 percent in 25 minutes. Whilst being environmentally friendly, the taxis are also cost effective. LEVC says operators of the TX Electric taxi will save at least £100 in fuel cost savings.
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. The company is also supporting the adoption of the TX Electric taxis from London E V Company (LEVC), the manufacturer of London’s electric black cabs, in London as well as in other UK cities such as Coventry, Edinburgh and Glasgow. 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 says; ”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.”
Matteo de Renzi, Gett’s UK CEO says; “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.”
Gett’s Carbon Reduction Initiatives
The Gett Electric launch follows other initiatives by Gett to mitigate the carbon emissions from customers 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.
Gett is also giving its London black cab customers the opportunity to ride ‘carbon positive’ by paying an optional 20p extra per ride through the Gett Green class. Here, not only will the carbon emissions from the ride be offset, but the optional donations will be made to the 12 central London schools identified in the Mayor of London’s school air quality audit programme.
Anton, proud owner of a TXE since January 2018 says; “It is by far the best taxi I have driven in over 20 years of driving. It’s smoother, quieter and has better suspension. Plus, it’s much more economical – I’m making a saving of £4k a year on fuel alone. Every customer adores the vehicle. They are in awe of the features, especially the USB charging points and the panoramic roof. It’s excellent for wheelchair users with a superior ramp and the best thing is that they can now sit facing forward (they have to sit sideways in other taxi models). I’ve had such a positive reaction to it from everyone who gets in the cab, it’s been fantastic!”
As Gett works with existing infrastructure, it does not add any extra vehicles to the UK’s already congested streets. 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 also pollution levels in the UK.
The Gett Electric class is currently available 10:00 to 20:00, Monday to Friday in Central London.