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Using electric vehicles to perform taxi services is a great idea. During daily work, this type of transport burns gallons of fuel, polluting the already dirty air of big cities. Now the air in New York will be a little cleaner, as the first Tesla Model 3 was registered in the city as the official yellow cab.
In October 2019, Tesla Model 3 became the first all-electric vehicle to be approved for use as an official New York taxi. It received approval from the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission.
Now the Model 3, painted in the traditional taxi color, has been spotted on the streets of The Big Apple and has become part of a huge fleet of more than 10,000 taxis.
The use of Tesla as a taxi has been practiced for many years. In addition to having a positive effect on air quality and the absence of exhaust fumes, an electric car can bring significant benefits compared to a taxi with an internal combustion engine.
- the owner can receive state incentives for the purchase of a vehicle
- the cost of charging Teslas with electricity is much lower than with gasoline
- maintenance and service costs are very low
- the service life of Tesla cars is longer than that of its gas-powered counterparts
This is why Tesla vehicles are gaining more and more popularity as taxis, police cars, and vehicles for medical and fire personnel. The wider the charging infrastructure becomes--and the cheaper it is to purchase electric cars--the more often we will be able to see and utilize them on the roads of our cities.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.