New York City is home to over 13,000 iconic yellow cabs, with a variety of different vehicles making up that number, including hybrids such as the Toyota Prius and RAV4 Hybrid. Now, it looks as though the Big Apple has a new variety of cab on its streets, that being the all-electric, battery-powered Tesla Model 3 taxi.
The Tesla Model 3 Cab, which is owned by taxi service Drive Sally, is currently the only battery-powered electric vehicle that is registered for use as a taxi in New York, but the company plans on introducing hundreds more in the near future.
The first Tesla taxi in NYC just hit the streets as the city’s only electric yellow cab. The plan is for hundreds more to join it. 🚕🔋🗽 https://t.co/hFvKPB1OHS $TSLA #Tesla #EV #TeslaTaxi pic.twitter.com/VRTSbQReht
— Tesla New York (@TeslaNY) November 10, 2020
The new cab has just completed its first full weekend of service. During that time it managed to complete more than 100 trips over 48 hours. According to the Daily Mail, the Tesla taxi operates during the hours 5 am and 5 pm. Once the vehicle has completed its shift, it is taken back to the garage where it charges overnight.
The Tesla Cab is still undergoing somewhat of a test phase though. Drive Sally’s founder and COO, Adriel Gonzalez, told Business Insider that each time a driver completes their shift in the new cab, he conducts an interview with them to see if they have any feedback on using the EV as a cab and if there are any improvements to be made.
One of the first problems drivers encountered with the new cab is the fact that most customers did not know how to operate the Tesla’s door handles, which sit flat against the side of the car. Gonzalez does have a solution to this problem though. Simply place a sticker on the door handle that reads “push here”.
As you would imagine, Tesla CEO, Elon Musk was quite pleased to see his vehicle being put to good use on the streets of New York.
Happy to see this 🙂
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 10, 2020