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Alternative Energy and Fuel News: Tel Aviv Testing Electric Scooters



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Published June 24, 2013 05:57 AM

Tel Aviv Testing Electric Scooters

As part of a broader citywide program to reduce air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and noise, the municipality of Tel Aviv-Jaffa is launching a pilot program to potentially replace its fleet of scooters with electric versions.

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To this purpose, the city has decided to purchase about 25 electric scooters to examine their effectiveness in comparison to the gasoline ones that municipal workers employ today. If the pilot yields positive results, the municipality will explore the possibility of gradually replacing its entire 300-scooter fleet with their electrical counterparts, the city said. City officials will be examining a number of parameters during the pilot program, including the scooter performance capabilities, riding experience, environmental footprint, cost effectiveness and safety, they explained.

The first unit of city employees to make use of the electric scooters will be the municipal "green patrollers," followed by workers from the sanitation and inspection departments, the municipality said.

"The municipality of Tel Aviv-Jaffa does not stop to look for ways to make transportation in the city more efficient and to provide alternative solutions that are healthy for the environment," Mayor Ron Huldai said. "This policy is not only directed to the residents, but also as an internal organizational strategy, through which we integrate municipal operations vehicle with the green revolution in the city."

Photo shows electric scooters being tested. Image courtesy Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality

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