Tesla Model S Taxis Enter Service In Tokyo

MAR 10 2015 BY MIKE ANTHONY 10

We’re thrilled report that another region has added Tesla Model S EVs to its taxi fleet. The region in question would be Tokyo, Japan.

Hmm, This Model S is a P85… The more expensive one.

Hmm, This Model S is a P85… The more expensive one.

We are not sure how many Model S sedans are in the taxi fleet.  However, with a large population of ~ 38 million people, Tokyo certainly needs lots of taxis, so we hope this becomes a large electric fleet.

The Model S EVs are not the first electric cars to be used as taxis in Tokyo.  We believe that the Nissan LEAF holds that claim.

We believe that the Model S is a solid choice for taxi duty, as its long range means it can handle more pickups without having to recharge.  The only downside would be the high price of the Model S.  However, low operating costs could make up for the added upfront fees over time and we suspect that a Model S taxi commands at least a slight premium over most of the other taxis in use in Tokyo.

In the coming years, we expect to see more and more electric cars enter taxi service.  It just makes sense, right?

Source: autoevolution.

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Judging off the thumbnail, I thought I was looking at a pursuit or patrol car. There’s bound to be a Model S cop car in the works. That’d be one paddy wagon I wouldn’t mind being thrown in the back of.

With the Chademo adapter, range will likely not be an issue. He should be able to quick charge if he needs to when he is on a food break.

The population of Tokyo is 13 million.

The article needs the addition of the two words “metropolitan area” to make the ~38 million correct.

No, that is still incorrect. Tokyo proper has 9 million. I gave the figure for the metropolitan area as 13 million.

“Tokyo, with almost nine million inhabitants, is by far the largest Japanese city. (The Greater Tokyo region is estimated to have a population of some 13 million). In fact the number of residents in the Japanese capital is greater then the combined population of the next three largest cities Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya.”

I suspect the fare rate for these cars is going to have more than a “slight” premium. In fact, I suspect these “taxis” will be used more like a limousine service, rather than as typical taxis which prowl the streets looking for customers.

It should be cheaper to run than a ICE cab.

Would the cheaper “fuel” offset paying three (or 3-1/2) times as much for the car, over the expected lifetime of the average taxi? I doubt it.

“We believe that the Model S is a solid choice for taxi duty, as its long range means it can handle more pickups without having to recharge. The only downside would be the high price”

One would believe you, nor your editor, have never been to Tokyo. The Model S is too large to fit down many streets; it’s cutting it close in some older US garages. That is, if there’s even an editor reading this copy.

“It just makes sense, right?”

There needs to be an equivalent of Betteridge’s Law for people who say “It just makes sense, right?”