Black taxi ride-hailing app Gett will now let users choose to ride in a clean electric hybrid taxi, instead of taking a dirty diesel-engined alternative.
The new Gett Electric tool promises emissions-free rides via the LEVC TX eCity London black cab. And it is incentivising taxi drivers to start using the new electric cab with reduced commission schemes for cabbies using the Gett app.
Gett Electric will be available in Central London from 10am to 8pm, Monday to Friday.
There is also a new Gett Green scheme, where customers can pay 20p per ride extra to become ‘carbon positive’. The scheme will make donations to 12 central London schools identified as suffering from poor air quality through the Mayor of London’s school air quality programme.
“We are very proud that our proprietary technology uniquely enables to offer our London customers the chance to order these excellent new electric taxis,” said Gett UK CEO Matteo de Renzi.
“Customers are increasingly looking for eco-friendly ways to travel. Gett are delighted to offer the Gett Electric vehicle option, producing completely emission free rides.”
The firm adds that as it works with the existing black cab infrastructure, it doesn’t add extra vehicles to UK roads – unlike some other ride-hailing apps.
Neil Paris MP, chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs select committee, said the new TX cab is playing an important role in tackling London’s air pollution problem. “It’s great to see Gett supporting this new environmentally friendly step.”