Recently, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), which is responsible for overseeing taxi operations in New York City, made a decision to approve the Tesla Model 3 as the city’s first electric car to qualify as a yellow taxi.
A picture of the Tesla Model 3 being used as a taxi in New York City and sprayed with the team’s signature yellow spray paint has begun to circulate on the Internet. This car was seen near a Tesla store in Manhattan, and it is likely to herald the imminent transition of the New York City taxi fleet to sustainable development. This also symbolizes the second opportunity for all-electric vehicles. In the past few years, Nissan Leaf failed to enter the taxi field.
As early as 2013, New York City launched an all-electric taxi pilot program with a fleet of six first-generation Nissan Leaf. These vehicles drove through the city on the day of World “Earth Day” and won praise from many people. But in 2015, Leaf was forced to retire. The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission pointed out in its final report that Nissan Leaf requires drivers to change driving habits significantly because the EPA’s estimated cruising range is 84 miles (about 135 kilometers). This obstacle is even more prominent when the weather is hot, because New York City taxis must use air conditioning.
The Leaf’s failure as a New York taxi has always been a dark cloud above the head of electric cars until 2019, when there were reports that Tesla Model 3 had been approved to provide taxi services in New York. This all-electric car exceeds the minimum requirements for taxis in New York City. These requirements include ample indoor space, air-conditioning for rear-seat passengers, easy-to-clean seats, and sufficient cab space for installation to separate the driver and rear-seat passengers Transparent partition.
More importantly, Model 3 does not have the weaknesses of the first-generation Leaf launched in 2013. Unlike the Leaf, which has a range of 135 kilometers, the Model 3 with the shortest range is claimed to travel at least 220 miles (about 354 kilometers) per charge. This is the case when Autopilot is not used to drive the Standard Range. In addition, the Standard Range Plus is a more affordable model that can be ordered directly on Tesla’s website. According to estimates by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, it has a range of 263 miles (about 423 kilometers) and is priced at $37,990. Autopilot is also a standard feature for Standard Range Plus and above.
Considering the power and cruising range of the Tesla Model 3, it seems likely that this car will not change the driving habits of taxi drivers like the 2013 Leaf. Model 3 may outperform other traditional taxis in the city, and its fast charging capabilities provided by Tesla’s SuperCharger Network will allow this car to replenish most of the car while the driver takes a short break. Power. The trunk and considerable cargo space of this car may also be popular with commuters.
However, it is best to suggest that Tesla Model 3 taxi drivers in New York relax on the throttle of this all-electric car. Electric vehicles are known for their instant torque, and Model 3 is no exception. Even the Standard Range Plus models can accelerate from zero to 96 kilometers in time surpassing many gasoline-powered rivals.
If New York City taxi drivers develop the habit of stepping on the Model 3 accelerator whenever they have a chance, history may end up repeating itself countless times. After all, the first speeding violation in the United States in 1899 happened to a taxi driver in New York City when he was driving along Lexington Street in Manhattan at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour. Exceed the current legal speed limit.