[Saeng Saeng Network]
Electric taxis began operations in Daegu.
Starting with fifty taxis this year, the city of Daegu plans to place two thousand electric taxis on the street by 2020.
Lee Seung-hyung has more.
Electric taxis to run through Daegu were showcased for the first time.
Once charged, they can travel for 135 km.
Early this year, the city of Daegu signed contracts with thirty-four taxi companies to operate forty-two electric taxis, and began their full operation.
They plan to increase the number to fifty this year.
The number of charging stations, currently at four, will also be expanded to forty within the first half of this year.
Because electric taxis do not emit greenhouse gases and fuel costs can be reduced, they are expected to help the environment as well as the taxi industry.
<Kwon Young-jin / Mayor of Daegu> “Much infrastructure will be built, and in the meantime more cars will be provided. The provision of these cars will not simply mean their operation, but in the future, Daegu will be producing them…”
<Choi Sang-suk / Taxi Driver> “An ordinary taxi is shakier or louder, but this car is as smooth as a plane and it helps the environment too….”
Daegu introduced these electric cars to become a leading city in electric cars.
It plans to provide two thousand electric cars by 2020.
In addition, four test electric trucks will be manufactured and test operated this year.
Lee Seung-hyung reporting for Yonhap News.
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