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Going for a song: Electric taxi service lets passengers pay with a tuneful ditty

Going for a song: Electric tax...
Visitors to Ruisrock in Finland will be able to pay for their electric taxi rides by singing while they are driven to the festival
Visitors to Ruisrock in Finland will be able to pay for their electric taxi rides by singing while they are driven to the festival
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Visitors to Ruisrock in Finland will be able to pay for their electric taxi rides by singing while they are driven to the festival
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Visitors to Ruisrock in Finland will be able to pay for their electric taxi rides by singing while they are driven to the festival
The Singalong Shuttle service is being operated by clean energy company Fortum
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The Singalong Shuttle service is being operated by clean energy company Fortum

Festival goers in Finland will be able to get around in an i3 electric taxi using song as fare payment. The Singalong Shuttle will operate at the Ruisrock festival between July 6 and 8, and is the brainchild of clean energy firm Fortum.

Fortum says it wants to encourage festival goers to join the change for a cleaner world. As well as offering a range of clean electricity, heating and cooing solutions, the company is also involved in the development of EV charging and, together with Drive EV, has one of the largest charging networks in operation across the Nordic region.

The Singalong Shuttle service is being operated by clean energy company Fortum
The Singalong Shuttle service is being operated by clean energy company Fortum

Combining elements of all-electric transportation, ride sharing and James Corden's Carpool Karaoke, customers of the Singalong Shuttle will only be able to pay for their rides by bursting into song – cash or credit card will not be an option.

"With Singalong Shuttle we want to show people in a joyful way how comfortable and easy it is to drive an electric car," said the company's Jussi Mälkiä. "The silent electric cars make it possible to enjoy singing without background noise and emissions."

Ruisrock kicks off on Friday July 6 on the island of Ruissalo, with the Shuttle running between Aurajoki riverbank and the festival bus station. You can get in the mood with the promo video below.

Source: Fortum

Fortum Singalong Shuttle

2 comments
IvanWashington
pity the wannabe rider who can't sing or doesn't know any songs.
Jean Lamb
I hope the taxi has a wide range of 'tuneful'.