4Degrees, the firm behind a large eco-responsible colocation data center in Quebec City, has sponsored an all-electric Tesla brand taxicab in Quebec City, Canada. For 4Degrees, this partnership makes perfect sense because energy efficiency is central to its colocation services.
“We are very proud to be able to help offer the people of Quebec City this green transportation system, a first in North America,” said businessman Martin Bouchard, the initiator of 4Degrees, founder of company Copernic and cofounder of Coveo. “We are also strong advocates of the electric transport network and, among other things, we plan to provide clients and employees with free charging stations for electric cars at our future data center.”
Mr. cab driver
The vehicle, a Tesla Model S bearing the 4Degrees colours, will take to the streets of Quebec City by 8 March. The capacities of the taxicab will be tested intensively by Mr. Christian Roy, a taxi driver with several years of experience who plans to travel more than 320,000 km (200,000 mi) in 5 years behind the wheel of the electric car. Mr. Roy believes the car will allow him to save close to $8,000 in fuel costs every year. He also intends to write progress reports in order to share his experience with other cab drivers who may be interested in joining the adventure.
4Degrees’ large-scale colocation facility is designed to provide businesses and public institutions with a Tier III, eco-friendly data center infrastructure in the heart of Quebec. With a combination of clean hydroelectric power and very low temperatures, this region of eastern Canada would be one of the best places in the world to establish a data center, according to the company.