HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 19 (ACN) The Ecotaxis, fully electric taxis, circulate through Havana today to provide pick-up service to passengers in two sections: from the National Bus Terminal to the Railroad Terminal, and from the Railroad terminal to the Hermanos Ameijeiras Hospital.
The particularity of these vehicles, 23 in total, lies not only in the sustainable model they represent, but in that they are driven by women, who will make around eight full trips a day.
The new service was inaugurated this morning with the presence of Eduardo Rodriguez, Cuban Minister of Transportation; Luis Antonio Torres, first secretary of the Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba in Havana; and Maribel Gutierrez, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) resident representative in Cuba.
In the opening remarks, Rodriguez assured that the assembly of the 23 tricycles, as well as the installation of the photovoltaic park, allows materializing the will of the country in the face of climate change through its plan of State, known as Tarea Vida.
These taxis will contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants into the atmosphere; and among the aspects of its novel conception are also the integration of the Cuban female driver, the contribution to passengers’ transportation and the attempt to compensate electricity consumption, he added.
Meanwhile, Gutierrez said she was satisfied with the initiative, which she considered beautiful and innovative in the region, and explained the importance of leaving the country ahead with an alternative mobility that contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals, to the Agenda 2030 and the country's economic development agenda.
To conclude the opening ceremony, Torres expressed his gratitude and pride that the initiative took place in the Cuban capital, and joined the tribute to the institutions and centers that made the new environment-friendly mobility service possible.