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13 Things You Didn’t Know About Electric Taxis in Zermatt

Zermatt is famous for being a car-free resort, something that has been the case since the 1970s.

The Matterhorn Chalets team answer all the questions you need to know – including how many electric taxis in Zermatt, how often they get charged and why they are all exactly the same size and shape…

  1. About 500 electric buses and taxis are registered in Zermatt.
  2. The regular shape of the electric cars in Zermatt is no accident – the body shape and mass of 1.4m by 4m is restricted in law by the local authorities.
  3. Each electric taxi weights 2000kg and has a typical lifespan of 30 to 40 years.
  4. A typical Zermatt electric car costs CHF 65,000 to CHF 90,000
  5. Pedestrians have right of way in Zermatt, under Section 3 of the local traffic regulations.
  6. Hotelier Dr. Alexander Seiler II was the first to drive a 4-wheel motorised vehicle to Zermatt – probably in 1910 – but the internal combustion engine never caught on here.
  7. The first electric bus was used in Zermatt in 1947, using a tow-bar to pull a passenger section behind.
  8. Until 1970s, locals and guests got around on foot or by one of 44 horse-drawn carriages.
  9. Only two horse-drawn carriages exist today – operated by the Zermatterhof and Mont Cervin Palace hotels.
  10. Most of the electric vehicles in Zermatt were built by Stefan and Bruno Imboden in their workshop on Bodmenstrasse, near the station.
  11. Depending on the age of the battery, payload, season and the gradient, the vehicles have to be recharged either daily or every other day at a cost of CHF 3 to CHF 5 per charge.
  12. The life span of the battery varies from four to twelve years.
  13. The local police are permitted to drive faster than taxis as long as ‘due caution is exercised’.

 

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