Canada joins the global trend toward green urban transportation options
TORONTO, April 21 /CNW/ - Just in time for Earth Day, and officially open
for service in Toronto on May 1, EcoCab, a new environmentally friendly,
pedal-powered taxi has arrived in Toronto, providing downtown commuters with
an unique and memorable way to move around the city.
Already popular in major European and other global markets, these
uniquely designed vehicles offer an environmentally responsible form of
short-distance urban transportation that is free of emissions, free of hassle
and free of cost. The EcoCab runs primarily on the pedal-power of a trained
driver, and when required, is supported by a rechargeable electric battery,
reaching speeds of up to 12km per hour.
"Canadians - and Torontonians - are ready and open to making changes in
their lives to benefit the environment," said William Kozma, president GO
Mobile Media. "EcoCab is easy and fun for commuters and provides opportunity
to help reduce our daily carbon footprint."
The EcoCab combines a futuristic outer shell with a revolutionary pedal
powered transmission to offer riders a truly unique and safe transportation
experience. Operated by specially trained drivers, the vehicles are
consistently in demand and create excitement wherever they go. Able to easily
navigate through congested city streets, the EcoCab provides convenient door
to door service between office buildings, transit stations, shopping areas,
restaurants, and entertainment attractions. The vehicles will also service the
city's busy summer street festivals and special events by offering its free
shuttle service to both residents and visiting tourists.
Supported by corporate sponsors, EcoCab will kick off its Canadian
presence by deploying an opening fleet of 28 cabs in Toronto this summer to
shuttle consumers between the areas in which they live, work and play. The
company intends to expand its operation in Toronto and services in other major
Canadian cities next year, including Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary. The
program is fueled by corporate sponsors that allow rides to be offered free of
"We looked at other global cities and how they were making the service
available, and we decided that we wanted to offer it completely free of charge
to consumers," explains Kozma. "To do that, we went looking for corporate
partners, and they have stepped up because this is an opportunity for them to
help the environment and give back to the community. It's a win-win."
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