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Tesla Model 3 Taxi Debuts in NYC, Taking First Step Towards Cleaner Air in Our Cities

Tesla Model 3 Taxi Debuts in NYC, Taking First Step Towards Cleaner Air in Our Cities

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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

Eva Fox

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.

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