30 July Thursday

Princes’ Islands Switch to Electric Cars from Horse-Drawn Carriages

The electric vehicles to be used as public transportation on the Princes’ Islands (Adalar), were put into service today by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM).

Istanbul's Princes' Islands on Thursday switched to a new transport system with electric cars after the removal of horse-drawn carriages by local authorities over criticism from animal rights activists.

Mr. Murat Ongun, the spokesman of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM), announced on his twitter account that the lines and tariffs have become clear, with privileges to the islanders and a total of 60 cars ready for use.

Traffic signs were hung last weekend by employes of the Municipality on the islands for the vehicles to be used and the strips to be used were drawn.

A significant number of Istanbulites and animal lovers are happy that electric vehicles are put into service after the banning of horse-drawn carriages, which were the only means of transportation.

Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu said earlier that the municipality was not against the use of phaetons, but a new transport model had to be adopted to meet the urgent need.

Electric vehicle services that will provide transportation on the islands instead of horse-drawn carriages firstly started serving on Büyükada, an island just south of Istanbul.

According to the tariff set by the Directorate of Transport Coordination (UKOME), Adakart owners will pay TL 3.50 per journey to travel by electric vehicles, for 13 passengers. Those who do not have an Adakart and will use Istanbulkart, will pay a fee of 12 TL.

As for ADA TAXIS, the fare for residents of the island will be 5 TL for opening and 3.10 TL per kilometer. For tourists, the opening fee was set at TL 15 and the fee per kilometer was set at TL 12.

The electric vehicles, which can carry 13 passengers, can travel a range of 40 kilometers. The vehicles also have a 20-degree climbing angle when loaded. The fully charging time of the vehicles, which can make a maximum speed of 25 km/h, is about 9 hours.

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