Taxi Retrofit Kit Now Available For Tesla Model X

AUG 24 2018 BY VANJA KLJAIC 17

Not a bad way to monetize your Tesla, that’s for sure.

The German retrofitting company Intax is now offering taxi conversion kits for the Tesla Model X. Following the successful launch of their Model S retrofit kit, they followed up with a solution that allows any owner to turn his Model X into a taxi vehicle.

From the information available on the website, the package contains items covering all necessary German laws and requirements. Even though we mostly associate the Model X with Uber or Lyft services, there’s still a large volume of taxi services worldwide, offered through the legacy public transportation way.

According to the price list available on the website, the Taxi-Paket (what the company calls it) will cost you 2,790€ for a single vehicle, including the rather gnarly beige color, called Eifbein, a light ivory-color introduced in Germany in 1971. Even though the regulatory body deemed fit to remove the beige color necessity for new taxis, most German taxi drivers are keeping it to achieve a unified look and visibility so well-known to customers.

Furthermore, the package contains the legally required taxi emergency alarm system, plugs for the taxi meters and the odometer, as well as the roof-mounted sign. You can either leave your Model X at Intaxi, or collect the entire kit and apply it yourself. Which shouldn’t be a hard task to complete.

For both the Model S and Model X, the appeal of using them in a taxi and shuttle service is already rather known. Many are used in conjunction with an autopilot, serving as vehicles for loop type services throughout the United States. In Europe, we mostly see them as the higher-end taxis. They are used at airports and city center locations, providing an efficient and luxury way of shuttling across the busy city streets.

The appeal of topping up a Tesla Model S at a Supercharger – of which some are conveniently located near airports – makes both of these models a relatively cheap taxi solution to run. There is no better showcase for this than the large Tesla Model S taxi fleet in service in Graz, Austria. These taxis rely upon the perfect geolocation of the Supercharger (located at a nearby Tesla dealership). Since the city is small, both the Supercharger and the airport are easily accessible, allowing taxi drivers to top up their vehicles seemingly for free while using them for their core business.

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eject

Higher end taxis? They all cost the same and apart from refusing to use a taxi you have no way of choosing what you get. If you walk up to a line it is the first one and if you call one you get what you get. But they are usually all higher end mostly S and E classes although mini vans like the Vito have become common too.

Pushmi-Pullyu

There isn’t a bright line between taxi service and limousine service. A higher end taxi is more likely to be used as a limousine.

Quite a few taxi fleets have one or more Tesla cars which are often reserved for use as limousines. Just one example:

https://www.executesla.com/limo-service/

eject

Yeah. But this is about taxis. Limousine services are not very common in Germany anyways. For the same reason Uber and Lyft style services didn’t get a foothold. You need a special driving license in order to transport people commercially. This is to enforce higher standards in defensive driving and adherence to traffic rules. Also first aid respondence. The official regulated Taxis have quite a moat and customers actually like it.

notting

“Limousine services are not very common in Germany anyways.”
Search for “Minicar” (which is available in many also smaller German cities) or read https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mietwagen_mit_Fahrer (German). I think you mean that sort of cheaper taxi alternative. And look e.g. at the “Chauffeur-Service” by Europcar.
A taxi in Germany is part of the public transportion system. The prices are fix for each town (while driving within that town – in EUR/km and EUR/waiting min and basic fee). Refusing a guest because it’s too short to drive isn’t allowed. But they’re the only who make pickup guests for commercial purposes without prior communcation concerning that request and are allowed to stand around waiting for guest.
AFAIK it’s not true that German taxi drivers have to know more about first aid than normal car drivers driving for their own purposes (one course somewhere (e.g. Red Cross) when you want to make a driving license – and no refresh courses).

notting

Pushmi-Pullyu

“You need a special driving license in order to transport people commercially.”

Well of course. Taxi drivers need a special license in the USA, too, even if it’s not a full-blown commercial license.

Mr. Google says:

You’ll usually need a driver’s license with a taxi or chauffeur endorsement or a specific license for driving a cab. If you drive large vehicles for the company, such as a multi-passenger van, you could be required to obtain a commercial driver’s license.

https://learn.org/articles/How_Can_I_Become_a_Taxi_Driver.html

Isn’t that also true for Uber and Lyft? It would seem strange to me if that’s not the case.

Yannick

Not correct in Germany: in a line of taxi, the customer can should the car he want! There is no obligation to take the first one in the lane. This rule is not very known but true, at least in Germany

Get Real

You mean that eject is…wrong, or lying?

eject

No. No driver will jump the queue.

Some Guy
Technically that might be true, but any driver who “gets out of line” gets in trouble with his fellow colleagues from the competition. Some of those can be nasty, I needed a ride once and did not want to take the chainsmoker cab up front. Almost turned into a fist fight between the drivers, luckily another fare showed up to resolve the situation. That said, most drivers have business cards, and one can call them, then they leave the line and pick up a fare just around the corner. There are very few Tesla taxis out there in Germany, I only once saw one when I needed a ride. The driver was proud and excited about his vehicle, we talked Tesla the entire trip. He told me that his maintenance cost so far had been a new set of tires after ~100 k km. At the time he had >150 k km on the odometer, 2.5 years old Model S P85. Had so far saved over 25 k € in fuel alone when compared to an often idling diesel in city traffic. After 8-9 years, the car is basically paid for by fuel savings, and as it can be fully… Read more »
Pushmi-Pullyu

“I needed a ride once and did not want to take the chainsmoker cab up front. Almost turned into a fist fight between the drivers…”

Pretty much exactly the same thing happened to me, right here in the USA. I tried to take a cab that wasn’t the first in line, which prompted a shouting match between drivers. Both drivers refused to give me a ride, and I wound up walking rather than continue putting up with that nonsense.

I wasn’t aware that I was violating a kind of “pirate code of honor” between cab drivers! 😉

antrik

Here in Berlin, by far the most common model for newer taxis is the Prius… Less frequently other Toyota hybrids (SUVs usually), and sometimes cheapo options like VW or Opel. Most (all?) the Mercedes taxis still around seem to be older models from before the Prius broke their monopoly.

Bruce Sanders

One would seriously need to contact Tesla and see how “taxi service” would effect the vehicle warranty status.

Brian

Several hundred Tesla Taxis are in use in Qatar with factory support. I believe Musk was there for the launch. I think the Model S & X make great Taxis.

notting

“Since the city is small, both the Supercharger and the airport are easily accessible, allowing taxi drivers to top up their vehicles seemingly for free while using them for their core business.”
I thought Tesla forbid that in the meantime, especially “for free”?

notting

Pushmi-Pullyu

So far as I can see, the evidence appears to be contradictory. Tesloop (a U.S. company) admits it uses Superchargers almost exclusively to charge its Tesla cars on a daily basis. As I recall, Tesla has said Supercharging isn’t meant to be used for commercial purposes, yet Tesla seems to be making no moves to put a stop to Tesloop or other companies using Superchargers daily for commercial purposes.

However, that only applies to older Tesla cars, sold when Supercharging was promised to be “free, unlimited, forever”. Those cars have been grandfathered in to allow unlimited use. Tesla cars sold recently have some restrictions on how much Supercharging is free.

Bernard Bromell

There is a contradiction but of a more confusing nature. All Tesla vehicles purchased since November last year are expressly forbidden from using the Superchargers if used as a Taxi. Tesloop has vehicles purchased before the ban was introduced. Long distance limo services are allowed to use them. The contradiction is why have Tesla banned taxis, which make the largest reductions in CO2 emissions, from using their Superchargers? Tesla have given no reason for this ban. PS: This ban applies even if paying for the power. Tesla will also not supply fullspeed Supercharger hardware for a 3rd party to install and run.

Pushmi-Pullyu

“Tesla have given no reason for this ban.”

This is incorrect. Tesla has stated very plainly that Superchargers are, and were, intended to be used only for long distance travel, and not for daily charging. Generally speaking, recharging a taxi (or limo) would be supporting local use, not long distance travel.

The problem arose because Tesla (altho it has lately tried to deny it) originally promised free, unlimited use of Supercharger forever. It’s true that in the same press release which made that promise, Tesla talked about using Superchargers for long distance travel. But nowhere in that initial PR did Tesla actually specify that Superchargers were only meant to support long distance travel.

I blame Tesla for not instituting Terms of Service for use of Superchargers from the start. If they had, then there wouldn’t have been so much confusion, and not nearly as many complaints from customers feeling like they had been unfairly singled out for over-use of Superchargers.