Tesla is ready to take you around New York

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October 29, 2019: Tesla Model 3 became the first electric car to be issued a taxi license by the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission.

In April, Tesla boss Elon Musk had predicted 2020 will see Tesla roll out a fleet of a million driverless taxis. He plans on introducing a service which will let owners send their cars out as cabs while they sit in the comfort of their homes.

“It is fundamentally insane to buy anything other than a Tesla,” Musk said. The company has successfully taken the first step towards the boss's claim by becoming the first electric company to be issued a taxi license.

The transition from the iconic Ford Crown to the hybrid Toyota Camry to the fully electric Model 3 is a landmark event in automotive history. Tesla taxis have become increasing popular in Sweden, Denmark and Norway with Amsterdam having a fleet of over 100 Tesla taxis already.

One hurdle for electric cabs might be the availability of charging points. The entry level trim Tesla Model 3 offers a range of 400 kms. A NY taxi does 308 kms/day on average. While this may be enough for single days use, Tesla taxis may run out of charge if they are needed to work longer hours. Currently New York has 11 Tesla supercharging points except their website explicitly states that these points are not to be used if the vehicles are being used as taxis.

Making it to the record books as the first EV taxi is a notable achievement. However, is the infrastructure developed enough to support the ambitious claims made by Tesla?

More importantly

Would you be willing to send your car out as driverless taxis? Even if it earns you a few bucks, do you connect with your car merely as a transportation device?

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Comments (16)
  • Great! We'd get to see a long queue for charging stations around New York City. Heck, they might even use more fossil fuels to generate electricity from the power plants to charge these & pollute the environment doing so.

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  • Great idea to send your own car as a Taxi! Pick up 200+ people of varying hygiene levels, education & decency to return at the end of the day brand "new"! 👍👍

    The idea is good but... Autopilot needs tweaking,including a way to supervise the interior of your car as you send it into becoming a taxi, in case it crashed... You would be responsible right?

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    • I reckon a camera in the cabin would solve some issues like hygiene.

      Plus if it's something like uber, then the owner will have basic passenger details in case they need any...

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    • I wouldn't accept the responsibility in case of accidents tho. Simply because i'm not driving nor am i in the car.

      But i guess all that will be in the T&C when you sign up to make the car...

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