Shortly after London’s first fully-electric taxi in more than a century took to the streets, New York City has approved the Tesla Model 3 for use within the region’s world-famous yellow cab fleet. The municipality has permitted selected hybrid vehicles to apply for cab licences for more than a decade, but the move marks the first time that a fully electric vehicle could be granted a licence.
According to Tesla’s Elon Musk, the battery packs on Model 3s should last for between 300,000 and 500,000 miles before they need replacing. The vehicle’s other specifications include a 322 mile range, 15-minute charging time using a Tesla Supercharger, and the ability to go from 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds – the latter of which we hope won’t be widely used by New York cab drivers.
Other cities with Tesla taxi fleets include Amsterdam, where a fleet of 100 fully electric Tesla taxis has operated for more than three years, Madison, Wisconsin, and Columbus, Ohio.