The first electric taxis in Amsterdam are now on the road. Authorities claim they are a cost effective way of reducing pollution and will help meet new air quality regulations introduced in May.

Officials claim that taxis, the majority of which run on diesel, produce 35 times more pollution in the form of nitrogen dioxide than private cars. The Taxicentrale Amsterdam (TCA) is aiming for 450 electric taxis in the city by 2015. There is currently a fleet of around 2,500 vehicles servicing the city on weekdays.