One and a half years after expanding outside of Kelowna, the all-Tesla taxi service Current Taxi has announced they are shutting down operations in Victoria, British Columbia.
In a statement Thursday, the company cited the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic as the main driver for their decision to close in the capital city. Their last day of operations will be June 28, 2021.
“The effect this pandemic has had on our business over the past 15 months has been substantial. This is an unfortunate outcome, especially for the amazing people that we’ve had working with us in Victoria. This closure is in no way a reflection of their efforts, or our love for our beautiful capital city.”
Current Taxi says they will maintain their provincial licenses to operate in Victoria, and hope to return once the tourism and employment market recovers.
During their time in Victoria, Current Taxi helped eliminate hundreds of thousands of kilograms of CO2 emissions from entering our atmosphere. In May 2021 along, the all-electric fleet of Tesla taxis saved 32,349kg of CO2 emissions, the equivalent of 552 trees being planted.
Despite the closure in Victoria, the company will continue to operate in its home city of Kelowna.