The mayor of Montevideo, Carolina Cosse, participated yesterday in the incorporation of electric taxis to the capital fleet, and after the activity she had a few minutes to give a press conference, and there she referred to the increase in fuels that came into effect this Wednesday 1st, and how that affects the adjustment of the price of the capital ticket.
He said that “what has an impact, we had already done it with Pablo Inthamoussu several times, when the previous increase, the uncertainty, was defined. We are analyzing it. At the moment I have no announcements to make. If we are concerned,” he said. The mayor added that “everything must be analyzed very carefully, because the Intendancy is making a great budget effort, and we are doing more with less and we have a lot of work to do later this year. We are going to do everything possible to bank but we cannot do magic, ”she concluded.
The community chief was present at the Belloni exchanger, at the presentation of 15 new electrical units. The activity was carried out with the presence of some authorities from the Department of Mobility, this Wednesday the 1st. There are currently 100 electric taxis circulating in the capital.
With the incorporation of these taxis, the commune continues with the objective of achieving a 100% electric public transport through the change in its energy matrix, a process that began in 2015. The incorporation of electric taxis in Montevideo began, in a first instance , with a call to grant permits exclusively to units powered entirely by electric motors.
«We have to highlight the importance of inter-institutionality and State policies. Support for electric mobility is an express policy of various institutions, among which is the Intendancy, which has been able to take advantage of the competitive conditions that Uruguay achieved by changing its electric matrix,” said Cosse. “This is the path, so we are analyzing possibilities to have 100 more electric taxis in 2023″ he announced.
The proceeds from the sale of these permits made it possible to create a fund that acted as an incentive for the incorporation of new electric units, this time at the time of fleet renewal. Currently there are two mechanisms for the incorporation of electric taxis: through calls to price (aimed at new units) or replacement subsidies.
The latter implies that the Intendancy subsidizes with an amount of up to $570,000 to those interested in changing their conventional taxi for an electric one. Of a total quota of 45 taxis, 30 units have already been replaced. The 15 new taxis that were presented correspond to the replacement subsidy modality. Currently, the fleet of taxis that circulates in the city reaches 3,000 units, of which 100 are electric. In addition, there are 30 electric buses, 323 buses with Euro 5 technology and 39 hybrid buses, out of 1,528 units that circulate.