|GP: Grazer taxi company biodiesel pioneer - Austria|
In Graz, the largest taxi company is switching its entire fleet from diesel to biodiesel cars. In order to promote biodiesel for others, the taxi filling station is available also for the public.
Taxi 878 in Graz has 220 cars in its fleet and is thereby the city’s biggest taxi company. The company wants to reduce its environmental impact and works actively for this. All drivers have been introduced to environmental issues as a part of a one day training programme for the entire company (see also Taxi drivers as advocates for biodiesel). An electric car has been tested within the fleet. Before Trendsetter, however, the company had not tested biodiesel. In order to make the shift from diesel to biodiesel easier, a refuelling station for biodiesel was established at Taxi 878 headquarters. The filling station is also open to the public, thus encouraging other companies as well as citizens to use biodiesel. The large-scale introduction of biodiesel in a taxi company makes it possible to gather information about repair, maintenance and service needs when using biodiesel.
The above project is part of the 'CIVITAS - Trendsetter' initiative