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Rolling Geeks Talking Electric Cars

Tourists and locals can now take in the sights of Cottonera in Malta using a fleet of talking electric cars. Officially launched in July, the fleet of electric cars, otherwise known as Rolling Geeks, has a built in pre-programmed GPS system which allows the cars to guide tourists along a sightseeing route while providing audio commentary of the cultural sights along the way.

Image courtesy of rolling-geeks.com

Image courtesy of rolling-geeks.com

Rolling Geeks is operated by a start-up, Xception Malta Ltd., a joint venture between Dawn Cutajar and Kris Rycken. Speaking at the launch at their premises within the Captain of the GalleysPalace on the Vittoriosa Waterfront, Mr Rycken said: ‘Our electric cars are silent, eco-friendly, easy to drive and enable people to explore the magnificent Cottonera area while stopping to take in whatever catches their fancy, including a dip in the sea.’

Rolling Geeks provide audio tours in a varity of languages including English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Russian and Mandarin. Each tour takes in the sights of Birgu (Vittoriosa), Isla (Senglea), Bormla (Cospicua) and nearby villages and lasts approximately two and a half hours.

Greater use of electric vehicals bring a number of benefits, including better air quality and less noise. The city of Copenhagen European Green Capital 2014 is carrying out lab tests on hydrogen, electricity and biofuels for cars. By 2015, 85% of municipal passenger cars should be running on electricity or hydrogen. By 2025, the target is for 20-30% of all passenger cars in the city to use hydrogen, electricity or biofuels, with five hydrogen fuelling stations in the Greater Copenhagen area.