The only taxi driver in a small town in southern Italy, and he drives a Tesla
And the town in question is not at all EV-friendly
Nuoro is a small town in Sardinia, the second-largest island in Italy, where only 30,000 people live. There's only one taxi driver in town, and he drives a Tesla Model 3. And might I add, Italy in general (with exceptions) is not what you'd call 'EV-friendly', especially in the South, Sicily and Sardinia.
Antonello Corda (AntoTaxi on Instagram) recently replaced his Mercedes C-Class SW with a brand-new Model 3. In an interview with VaiElettrico, an Italian car magazine, he admitted that he bought it thanks to (and because of) regional grants. "I was scared at first because we don't have any charging points in town, but because I often drive people to and from major airports I knew of one Supercharger I could use," he said. "I also had a WallBox installed at home, it takes around 8 hours to charge." He says he wouldn't go back to an ICE now."
Fuel is and always has been astoundingly expensive in Italy. It is overpriced and overtaxed, mainly due to ancient excise duties and taxes that were imposed around 70 years ago and never lifted. At the time of writing, Italy has the fifth most expensive petrol (€1.44) in Europe and the fifth most expensive diesel (€1.33). Energy is not cheap, but it is definitely (a lot) cheapER.
He's a taxi driver, assuming he drives his car at least 100 km (62 miles) a day on average, he spends an average €65 a week on energy. The C-Class he used to drive before he bought the Tesla was fitted with a 66-litre tank (14 gallons), assuming a conservative 55 MPG (which is what Mercedes is quoting), he'd need around €95 of diesel to cover the same distance.
It just goes to show governments, especially in Europe, China and North America., are doing absolutely everything they can to make life a living hell if you own an ICE, and apparently it's working.