No one is a prophet in his own country. Finally, almost when it comes to Tesla. If the models of the brand fury as taxis in Europe, especially in Amsterdam, they are less numerous in the country of Uncle Sam. Thus, in the city of Madison (Wisconsin), the company of taxis Green Cab operates with a fleet of 40 Model 3s, as well as Toyota Prius. Another example in Columbus (Ohio) where Columbus Yellow Cab has a dozen Tesla Model 3 in its fleet of 170 vehicles.
But the movement should accelerate, thanks to the Tesla Model 3. In fact, last week, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) officially certified the Tesla Model 3 as the first electric car to be used under the made of yellow cab. As such, she can wear the famous macaron on its doors.
Charging should not be a problem since on the one hand a New York taxi runs only 300 km per day; on the other hand, New York has 11 Supercharger stations. Their number should even double by next year. The only concern is billing and access to other electric vehicles than those of the Tesla brand. Indeed, as car manufacturers expand their catalog with electric vehicles, they will be eligible to become yellow cabs, provided they pass their certification.
Maintenance issue, an electric vehicle needs less maintenance than a car with thermal combustion. Regarding the Tesla Model 3, it is validated to travel more than a million kilometers, while its battery has been designed to last 800 000 km.
According to the site The Drive who quotes a TLC spokesman, no one to date has yet registered Tesla Model 3 as yellow cab.