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First fully electric cab hits the streets of New York with hundreds more set to join the fleet

Big yellow Tesla! First fully electric cab hits the streets of New York with hundreds more set to join the fleet

  • New York’s first Tesla Model 3 taxi has just started operating on the streets
  • The Tesla is the only battery-powered yellow cab in the city
  • Car finished its first full weekend of service completing more than 100 trips 
  • Instead of running 24 hours a day like other taxis it will be charged overnight 
  • There are plans for hundreds more Teslas to join the New York City cab fleet

The first Tesla Model 3 taxi has hit the streets of the Big Apple.

It’s painted in the same iconic shade of yellow as the other 13,000 cabs, and the taxi would all but blend in were it not for the smooth lines of the Tesla. 

Hundreds are planned for the the city by ride-share car hire firm, Drive Sally. 

‘Happy to see this ‘ said Tesla boss Elon Musk in a tweet on Wednesday at seeing the yellow taxi hitting the road.

New York’s first Tesla Model 3 taxi has just started operating on the streets of the Big Apple

Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk tweeted his joy upon seeing a Tesla take on the iconic taxi colors

Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk tweeted his joy upon seeing a Tesla take on the iconic taxi colors

The car is currently the only battery-powered electric vehicle that is registered for use as a taxi in New York although there are plenty of other hybrids on the road such as the Toyota Prius and RAV4 Hybrid.

The vehicle just finished its first full weekend of service, completing more than 100 trips over the two-day period.

The car will operate during the day shift hours between 5am and 5pm at which point the vehicle will return to the garage to be charged overnight. 

The Tesla is the only battery-powered yellow cab in the city

The Tesla is the only battery-powered yellow cab in the city

The car finished its first full weekend of service completing more than 100 trips however instead of running 24 hours a day like other taxis it will be charged overnight

The car finished its first full weekend of service completing more than 100 trips however instead of running 24 hours a day like other taxis it will be charged overnight

In April 2019, Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised a fleet of self-driving taxis for ride sharing would be deployed in 2020 although this has not yet happened

In April 2019, Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised a fleet of self-driving taxis for ride sharing would be deployed in 2020 although this has not yet happened 

Drive Sally founder Adriel Gonzalez told Business Insider that the vehicle is currently under trial.

Rather than running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the Model 3 is being charged overnight in the Drive Sally garage. 

Gonzalez says that one driver became ‘stressed’ over seeing the range of the car dwindle away the more he drove, despite there being more than 270km on the clock left to go.  

Some customers have also had difficulty working out how to use the door handles which are set flush against the car.

Others have also pondered as to whether this heralds the start of a movement toward fully automatic self-driving cars and perhaps a fleet of ‘robo-taxis’ planned by Musk. 

In April 2019, Musk promised a fleet of self-driving taxis for ride sharing would be deployed in 2020 although this has not yet happened.

There are plans for hundreds more Teslas to join the New York City cab fleet

There are plans for hundreds more Teslas to join the New York City cab fleet

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