The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Costa Rica has introduced the first Prius hybrid public transport vehicles, a new ride that seeks to contribute to the country’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2021.

“The modernization of the taxi fleet is an important step that Costa Rica should do to switch to clean transport. The key to reach C-neutrality lies in involving the private sector,” said the Minister of Environment and Energy (MINAE), René Castro, in a press release.

MINAE reported that the taxis were obtained thanks to the support of private enterprise to achieve a line of credit of up to $200 million granted by the Export-Import Bank of Japan (EXIM Bank).

The money is distributed by national banks through loans to those who want to change their taxi technology as part of sustainable public transport policies promoted by the Carbon Neutral Country Program.

“The Toyota Prius has an efficient electric motor with a gasoline engine, which allows it to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) up to 90%,” said Toyota.

The minister also placed the Green mark on the vehicle, which certifies its offset of CO2 emissions.

MINAE data indicates that there are about 50 applications for renewal of taxi units to cleaner technologies, which allow for a cost savings of up to 40%, when compared to vehicles that are over 15 years old. (ACAN-EFE)

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