It's no small feat to drive out of the city just to buy gas. Another reason to drive a Tesla instead of a gas guzzler:
Article notes one big new station gets 3/4 of its business from taxis. Hmmm...
Yup, he only has to pay $12k a month for rent for this location. So this is how one spends $144k a year. Let's hope his 5% profit margin help the owner offset the rent...
Many of the NYC taxis are hybrids. They drive an average of 180 miles per 12hr shift. Ideal for a MS 60, supercharge between shifts....
TM will never subsidize and pay for the cabbies' electrons... Some cab drivers pay up to $15k a year for gas.
If an owner of a fleet of taxi were to pay for the installation of the supercharger then it'll be another story.
In Oslo they already have MS as taxi. Saving $20k/yr on diesel parking and tolls
Speaking of cabs, I saw a black livery Tesla the other day, waiting outside a 5th Ave building, complete with TLC license plates and uniformed driver.
@Mathew98 - Agreed.
Mathew and Tiebreaker; Remember that the SCs are essentially marketing expenses and tools. Cheap ones. What better way to give people "test rides" than in taxis? With every taxi driver a salesman?
"If an owner of a fleet of taxi were to pay for the installation of the supercharger then it'll be another story".
Precisely. What would prevent Tesla from creating a variation of supercharger technology for cash generation purposes? Superchargers were for connections between cities.
What about inside the city? Than it is going to be a taxi station that a normal model S owner can't activate, but a car with special key can. And the keys will be sold at Tesla offices.
Such complexity! The exposure would justify either a free or privately paid model. The SCs are MARKETING from TM's POV. The electricity expense would be several hundred a month. NBD. If behind a gate or in a garage, only the taxis would have access.
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