Taxi drivers transfer to Tesla In GermanyDecember 24, 2019
In Dusseldorf, Germany, one of the city’s largest taxi fleets announced plans to change its cars to Tesla electric cars over time.
Taxi Norman’s fleet currently has 150 models with internal combustion engines, the other day the first two Tesla Model S electric liftbacks joined them. 230,000 euros were spent on their purchase, but this is only the beginning. Taxi park has already placed an order for 50 compact Model 3 sedans at a total cost of 2,250,000 euro. The Düsseldorf administration actively supports this step – it hopes that it will help to improve air quality to a greater extent. For electric taxis, five special parking lots will be made — in different parts of the city.
Taxi Norman management reports that not only politics, but also the economy pushed them to replace cars with ICE. Maintenance of electric vehicles takes less time and costs less. For the service of each model with an internal combustion engine, a taxi fleet needs about 6,000 euros per year. Fuel costs are taken into account (in Germany gasoline costs a lot – 1.5 euros per liter. Another important point – electric taxi drivers are left with more tips, at least for the moment, when Tesla is rare for carriers. “We just replaced Tesla – and the first passenger left the driver with a 15 euro tip, simply because he thought it was cool to drive an electric car,” says the director of the taxi fleet. Taxi Norman expects to change the entire fleet to electric cars by 2023.
Model S received a light yellow body color typical of German taxis, a trim in light-wash and wear-resistant artificial leather, and a counter in the cabin.
As car carriers, Tesla is already used by some taxi fleets in the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and the USA. The greatest experience in using Tesla was gained by one of Amsterdam’s taxi fleets (Netherlands) – 100 cars have been used perfectly for several years, last year Model X crossovers joined Model S.
German carriers are still conservative and preferred cars of their own production – mainly Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Opel. Typically, these machines have diesel, methane or hybrid (gasoline-electric) engines.
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