Tesla Taxis Comprised 70% Of The 1 Million Rides At Amsterdam Airport

DEC 21 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 6

Tesla is leading the way by a long shot when it comes to taxi rides at Schiphol airport.

Schiphol airport, Amsterdam’s international airport receives plenty of praise for its impressive number of taxi rides. In fact, the airport just announced hitting one million rides thus far this year. More interestingly, a crazy 70 percent of those rides were provided in a Tesla vehicle.

The specific taxi company — BIOS-groep — latched on to electric cars early on, and now owns a slew of Tesla taxis. In 2014, the company already had 167 Model S vehicles. Over just four years of service, the sedans showed an average of over 155,000-186,000 miles (250,000-300,000 km) on each odometer.

However, as we recently reported, BIOS-groep was working to transition its fleet to Model X crossovers. According to a recent press release, the taxi company’s fleet lays official claim to 70 percent of the one million rides at the airport thus far in 2018 (via Electrek):

Today marked the one-millionth taxi ride to leave the Schiphol taxi stand in 2018. Of these journeys, around 70% were driven in a Tesla: electric and no emissions. As a celebration, we treated the passengers who went on the one-millionth ride, as well as all of the taxi drivers.

Moreover, as a token of customer appreciation, BIOS-groep paid for the one-millionth ride and gave the lucky riders a souvenir Tesla model. Reportedly, the company also gave the taxi drivers a much-deserved reward.

Have you had the opportunity to ride in a Tesla taxi? What are your thoughts on the future of transportation when it comes to ride-sharing services, a reduction in personal car ownership, and the overall scope of the potential situation?

Please engage with us in the comment section below, and thanks as always for your support and input!

Source: Electrek

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6 Comments on "Tesla Taxis Comprised 70% Of The 1 Million Rides At Amsterdam Airport"

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Hopefully more taxis at other airports will follow suit.

Hope is not enough. Schiphol had a Tesla taxi fleet 4 years ago and there are still very few such fleets in the world. Airports are a minority of passenger transport as well. We need general taxi services to use electric vehicles. When a taxi company has to install their own private network of non-full speed chargers it is a disincentive for taxis to use Tesla vehicles. Tesla could always fix this situation, of their own making, but they choose not to do so. It is pretty simple for them to do so.

Electric passenger services are mandatory to make the road emission reductions required to successfully combat Climate Change. It is not optional. Private vehicle use cannot achieve the reductions required, by a very long way. Taxis reduce emissions 10-20 times as much as private use vehicles due to the distances traveled daily. When used as high occupancy transport, they reduce emissions 20-50 times as much as private use vehicles. i.e. the focus needs to be on electric passenger service use rather than private use. The profits to be made by autonomous ride sharing are so large that such services will rapidly replace human driven services. It does not really matter whether they are ICE/hybrid or electric due to the economics. Without a ubiquitous and large ultrafast charging network available, companies will use ICE/hybrid for these services. These services will replace bus, train, walking, cycling etc due to being so cheap and point to point. They will increase congestion and emissions. This can be avoided by building up electric passenger service fleets, and the supporting charging network, now. I founded a not for profit company (OHPEC) in 2017 to do exactly this. Unfortunately, Tesla decided in November 2017 to outright ban any… Read more »

Alternatives: Jaguar I-Pace or Audi e-Tron or M-B EQC.

Munich is supposed to have I-Pace taxis

Model X is also replacing limos in luxury hotels

To successfully combat Climate Change we need them to replace general taxis.