Roberto San Jose started in 2011 to drive an electric taxi, which made him the first in Spain to use this new type of vehicle that has only provided him with advantages, such as reducing his workshop bills, fuel cost savings by 75%, including 25% car purchase.
Roberto was invited to visit the Canary Islands to share his experiences of driving an electric taxi, so that others can learn first-hand from taxi driver who now has 7 years of experience. He attended the Electric Vehicle Exhibition organised by the Government of Gran Canaria, which was also attended by many professionals in the electric car sector, as well as those who wanted to learn more about the benefits provided by electric cars.
Roberto explained that he spent all his savings in 2011 to purchase a Nissan Leaf, which cost him 36,000 euros, including his purchase, compared to 47,600 euros that he would have paid for a conventional diesel car.
He also told visitors to this exhibition that the electric car has much lower workshop costs, because it has no gearbox, no clutch, no need to change the timing belt, oil or filter. The only component that he needed to replace was the air conditioning filter, which cost him around 50 euros.
This first taxi driver in Spain using an electric car has now driven his vehicle for 7 years and has recorded 327,000 kilometres travelled, but has not had to change the battery, which is still half full, nor the brake pads. Roberto told visitors that with the savings that he had made from using an electric taxi he could buy two new batteries. Also, the decrease in expenses in workshops is important, so is the fuel savings, because these new cars can travel 1000 kilometres for only 20 euros in cost.
These benefits for Roberto are also shared in some degree by others, because his electric taxi reduces noise pollution and environmental pollution.
Taxi drivers in Las Palmas had concerns about the battery strength, as this remains a doubt that haunts local taxi drivers, and wanted to know if the charged battery could last for two work shifts. Roberto explained that newer cars have greater power capacity, and it is possible to do a quick charge during changes in shift work, or do it at a taxi stop waiting for passengers.
There should be no problems with recharging electric taxis or private electric cars in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, as by the end of 2018 there will be 40 recharge points across the city, as well as the 17 recharge points already tendered to be installed in municipalities across the island.
Battery wear was another concern of professional drivers, but Roberto said that this was not a problem, because when he bought his electric car the battery had 12 bars. The first bar disappeared when he had driven over 100,000 kilometres and reached 6 bars after he had travelled 320,000 kilometres. He also explained that manufacturers of electric cars are now offering a guarantee of 70% battery life should still remain after 8 years.
So, Roberto San Jose, the first taxi driver with an electric car in Spain after 7 years says that the electric car is ideal for the transport of passengers and goods, but also for private individuals.
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