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Huge growth in the taxi market?

Discussion in 'TSLA Investor Discussions' started by FrozenCanuck, Nov 17, 2014.

  1. FrozenCanuck

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    A friend of mine just landed in Amsterdam today. He sent me a quick photo from the airport. Two white Tesla Model S taxis. He said from what he sees so far it's a 50/50 mix of Tesla vs. other cars for the taxi market. I have no idea what his sample size is yet but I think it's pretty interesting.

    I understand that, obviously, a Tesla is pretty expensive for most cab drivers to afford as a cash purchase. But when you look at fuel savings and potential for financing, I wonder if there is explosive growth potential here provided the charging infrastructure can accomodate the daily cab driver's needs.

    Anyone who knows the taxi industry want to comment / discuss? I guess especially in Europe, with really expensive fuel, the cost savings of an EV (under super high mileage driving) is quite attractive.
     
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  3. Cobos

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    After what I heard the main complaints from the Norwegian Model S taxis are the backseat is too low, and the range is enough for a day but as most taxis run 18-24h you need some sort of 20kW charging at convenient location for the taxi to last more than 8-10h shift. Though the passengers like the car and it's comfortable to drive. Keep in mind in Oslo maybe 50% of the taxis are E-type MB which are pretty decent cars as well.

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  4. RobStark

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    Is the E-type a joint venture between Jaguar and MB? :biggrin:

    Or is it the E-Klasse?

    Maybe Model X will be a more suitable Taxi in Northern Europe with AWD, headroom for people up to 1.7 meters tall in the second row, and even third row for adults or storage.
     
  5. Cobos

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    oops. I meant of course the MB E-series or E-klasse.
    Yes most that drive the Model S as taxies are Tesla fans and they do look forward to the X. With the big doors, good rear headroom and 7 seater it will be an excellent taxi.

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    London has a requirement in the not to distant future for all new cabs to be capable of zero emissions so it will be interesting to see what happens in a few years for the private hire firms

    This is the new black taxi electric which also looks pretty cool. Shame about the 50 mile range though!

    The New Metrocab
     
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    Honestly, I'm surprised it is 50 miles under the circumstances.

    Under current rules, I believe cars need a 50 km EV range to avoid congestion charges and get into city centers all over Europe - which by strange coincidence is exactly the NEDC rating of all the recent PHEVs from Europe...
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