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Paris tests new eco-friendly bubble-shaped taxi

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                                SeaBubbles co-founder Anders Bringdal poses aboard a hydrofoil boat SeaBubble on the Seine river in Paris. Paris is testing out a new form of travel — an eco-friendly bubble-shaped taxi that zips along the water, capable of whisking passengers up and down the Seine River.

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    SeaBubbles co-founder Anders Bringdal poses aboard a hydrofoil boat SeaBubble on the Seine river in Paris. Paris is testing out a new form of travel — an eco-friendly bubble-shaped taxi that zips along the water, capable of whisking passengers up and down the Seine River.

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                                SeaBubbles co-founder Sweden’s Anders Bringdal stands onboard a SeaBubble by the Eiffel Tower on the river Seine in Paris. Paris is testing out a new form of travel - an eco-friendly bubble-shaped taxi that zips along the water, capable of whisking passengers up and down the Seine River. Dubbed Seabubbles, the vehicle is still in early stages, but proponents see it as a new model for the fast-changing landscape of urban mobility.

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    SeaBubbles co-founder Sweden’s Anders Bringdal stands onboard a SeaBubble by the Eiffel Tower on the river Seine in Paris. Paris is testing out a new form of travel - an eco-friendly bubble-shaped taxi that zips along the water, capable of whisking passengers up and down the Seine River. Dubbed Seabubbles, the vehicle is still in early stages, but proponents see it as a new model for the fast-changing landscape of urban mobility.

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                                SeaBubbles co-founder Sweden’s Anders Bringdal stands onboard a SeaBubble in Paris. Paris is testing out a new form of travel - an eco-friendly bubble-shaped taxi that zips along the water, capable of whisking passengers up and down the Seine River. Dubbed Seabubbles, the vehicle is still in early stages, but proponents see it as a new model for the fast-changing landscape of urban mobility.

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    SeaBubbles co-founder Sweden’s Anders Bringdal stands onboard a SeaBubble in Paris. Paris is testing out a new form of travel - an eco-friendly bubble-shaped taxi that zips along the water, capable of whisking passengers up and down the Seine River. Dubbed Seabubbles, the vehicle is still in early stages, but proponents see it as a new model for the fast-changing landscape of urban mobility.

PARIS >> Paris is testing out a new form of travel: an eco-friendly bubble-shaped taxi that zips along the water up and down the Seine River.

Organizers are holding test runs this week on one white, oval-shaped electric hydrofoil boat that resemble tiny space shuttles gliding past Paris monuments.

The boats can fit four passengers, and if they get approved, can be ordered on an app like land taxis, shared bikes or other forms of transport.

Its designers hope to run the so-called Seabubbles commercially in Paris and other cities starting next year.

Anders Bringdal, SeaBubbles CEO, told The Associated Press that “the most important for us is no noise, no waves, no pollution. And bring them into cities that are congested.”

Bringdal said the water taxi will “not only be fun” but also makes economic sense.

“If you compare a similar size boat with an engine, you are going to run 30, 40, 50 euros an hour in fuel cost when this one costs you 3 dollars or 3 euros,” he said.

Proponents see the vehicle as a new model for the fast-changing landscape of urban mobility.

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