Electric Cars – The Future for Taxi Companies?Posted 19th January 2016
Electric cars have become increasingly popular as technology has rapidly advanced in the automotive sector. Electric cars are now more efficient, cheaper to produce, and easier to afford. There are several companies offering attractive and affordable options to the conventional petrol-powered automobile. One of the greatest challenges faced by manufacturers is effectively extending the driving range of electric cars. Until very recently, most electric cars have experienced limited driving range on a full battery charge. However, in recent years, there has been a dramatic improvement in battery performance and durability. Electric cars have gradually become a practical and realistic alternative to conventional automobiles. Several car manufacturers, including household names like Nissan and Toyota, now offer practical and affordable vehicles for consumers all over the world.
Electric cars are a good option for taxis and commercial transportation, particularly in densely populated cities. Air pollution is a constant problem in cities, due to the sheer number of people, cars, and vehicles in general. There is also the noise pollution nuisance associated with internal combustion engines. Electric cars drastically reduce, and in some cases eliminate noise and air pollution issues. In some major cities, hybrid vehicles are widely used as taxis, with generally good results. As the quality and reliability of electric vehicles continue to improve, it is very likely that taxis and livery vehicles will be increasingly electric-driven.
As a taxi has a common place in taxi ranks around the world including but not limited to city centres, shopping malls, conference centres and airports these locations could accomodate for electric cars by having specially made electric fueling stations. For example a customer wanting a airport transfer could have their taxi wait in a designated spot outside the airport whilst the taxi charges.
New York City is conducting an electric taxi program. The pilot program is testing a batch of taxis, driven completely by electricity for 1 year. The City has an ambitious goal of converting one-third of all taxis operating within the City to electric vehicles by 2020. The program examines electric taxis as a practical alternative to internal combustion vehicles.
New York City’s example will likely be the trend in the near future. Electric cars offer many environmental advantages that are simply impossible to overlook. This is particularly true for metropolitan cities with significant pollution and environmental issues. Other cities have also adopted electrical vehicles for use as taxis. The trend is global and it will continue in the future. The global focus on environmental preservation will encourage more cities to adopt policies in favor of electric vehicles.
The use of electric taxis is likely to become more widespread. Taxi companies and operators will trend towards selecting more electric vehicles, as they become increasingly affordable and reliable.