All-electric ComfortDelGro cabs hit the roads in trial

The two Hyundai Ioniq Electric saloons, which will be on trial for a year, charge fully in just under 30 minutes. The direct-current station, approved by the Energy Market Authority, is located at Hyundai agent Komoco Motors’ premises in Alexandra
The two Hyundai Ioniq Electric saloons, which will be on trial for a year, charge fully in just under 30 minutes. The direct-current station, approved by the Energy Market Authority, is located at Hyundai agent Komoco Motors’ premises in Alexandra Road and is open 24 hours to cabbies. PHOTO: COMFORTDELGRO

The two cars are first battery-run ones to join mainstream fleet and so are not tax-exempt

Taxi giant ComfortDelGro's first two fully electric cabs will start plying today, dovetailing a growing trend among cab operators to steer away from diesel.

The two Hyundai Ioniq Electric saloons will be the first battery-powered vehicles to enter the mainstream taxi fleet. That means the operator pays full taxes for them, unlike a fleet of tax-exempt BYD taxis plying the roads here under a research grant.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 19, 2018, with the headline 'All-electric ComfortDelGro cabs hit the roads in trial'. Print Edition | Subscribe