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First methane taxis in Iceland hit the streets

The taxi company Leigubílastödin has begun operating two methane-powered vehicles and is planning to acquire more. Apart for being more eco-friendly than conventional taxis, running methane-powered cars is also less expensive.

“As the cars are cheaper and it costs less to run them, it will also be less expensive to take a methane-powered taxi than a conventional petrol-powered taxi,” Björn Thorvardarson, managing director of Leigubílastödin, told Fréttabladid.

“It is up to the taxi drivers to decide what kind of vehicles they choose to operate, but we encourage our drivers to acquire eco-friendly cars next time they have to renew their vehicles,” Thorvardarson said.

“We also have a Prius hybrid electric vehicle, which is both run by gas and electricity,” he added. “Many large Icelandic companies have expressed interest in using the service of eco-friendly taxis so there are a lot of business opportunities.”

Leigubílastödin operates taxis in Reykjavík, Hafnarfjördur and Reykjanesbaer municipality.

“Excise taxes of methane cars have been dropped and they are exempt from the tax paid on motor vehicles according to weight,” said Ragna Halldórsdóttir, the director of the quality and service department of the waste disposal company and methane producer Sorpa.

“The quantity of methane comparable to one liter of petrol costs about ISK 79 [USD 1.3, EUR 1.0], so the operating cost should be lower,” Halldórsdóttir explained. One liter of petrol in Iceland costs approximately ISK 120 (USD 2.0, EUR 1.4).

Click here to read more about Sorpa and methane gas produced in Iceland.

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