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Electric-driven ‘London cabs’ part of Copenhagen green effort

Copenhagen’s new City Ring Metro line opens this weekend, but it is not the only addition to transportation in the Danish capital.

Electric-driven 'London cabs' part of Copenhagen green effort
London or Copenhagen? Stock image: stocksnapper/Depositphotos

Two new electric taxis are set to stand out from the crown on Copenhagen’s roads, given their strong resemblance to London’s iconic black cabs.

The new cars, made by the London EV Company (LEVC), are primarily powered by electricity and part of a six-month trial testing potential greener alternatives in the hired carriage sector. 

“We are launching a car that is primarily electric. That means it will be recharged with electricity and there is also an extra motor that can recharge the battery,” Gert Frost, CEO of Taxa 4×35, the company which owns the vehicles, told Ritzau.

The cabs can travel 100 kilometres on electric power alone before the motor kicks in, giving a maximum range of 400 kilometres.

“It’s difficult to recharge a taxi that is used 24 hours a day. There aren’t enough paces to do it and it takes a very long time,” Frost said.

“That’s why this is the best option for us right now,” he added.

Particle emissions from the vehicles are significantly lower than traditional vehicle types. The electric, black cabs emit 29 grams of CO2 per kilometre, almost 100 grams of CO2 per kilometre less than a 2019 Mercedes taxi.

Although the trial only includes two vehicles, Taxa 4×35 said it was open to extending the fleet.

“We expect to test costs, practicalities, and how users experience using this type of taxi,” Frost said.

“Potentially, all taxis could look like this. In the modern world, many taxis are going to have to fulfil the need to be green,” he added.

Dantaxi, another Danish cab firm, has 25 Tesla cars and another 10 electric cars in its service.

Taxa 4×35’s distinctive vehicles cannot be ordered specifically by passengers, and fares will be the same as for the company’s other cars.

READ ALSO: Denmark launches hydrogen-powered taxis in bid to clear emissions

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Danish parliament gives go ahead to giant artificial island off Copenhagen

Denmark's parliament has given the go-ahead to build Lynetteholm, a giant artificial island that will protect Copenhagen's harbour waters from rising sea levels at the same times as providing homes for 35,000 people.

Danish parliament gives go ahead to giant artificial island off Copenhagen
How the island will look while udner construction. Photo: By og Havn

The bill empowering the government to push ahead with the project passed with a massive majority of 85 in favour and 12 against, opening the way for work to push ahead on the 2.8 square kilometer island early as this autumn.

In a short debate on Friday morning, Thomas Jensen, the Social Democrat MP coordinating the bill, dismissed claims that not enough had been done to assess the environmental consequences of what has been described as the largest construction project in Danish history.

“Of the bills I have helped to implement here in the parliament, this is the one which has been most thoroughly discussed, with expert consultations, technical reviews, and almost 200 questions to the Ministry of Transport, which have been answered by the rapporteurs,” he said. “So in terms of process, it is completely worked out.”

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Ahead of the vote protesters from the Stop Lynetteholm Facebook group staged a protest outside the parliament, with many dressed in Sean the Sheep costumes. 

Protesters dressed as sheep staged a demonstration against the Lynetteholm project outside the parliament. Photo: Emil Helms/Ritzau Scanpix

The parliamentary vote is not the last hurdle.

The project is also being challenged in the European Court of Justice, on the grounds that the Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA)  have looked at the impact of constructing the island itself, but not of the roads, metro lines, housing and other developments which will go on it.

Lynetteholm is being built partly as a coastal protection project, with a dam that will protect Copenhagen from future storm surges.

The plan was first announced in 2018 by the then Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, and the then Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen. 

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