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Are Electric Taxis The Perfect Idea?

Electric taxis seem like a perfect city idea but can they take on the amount of miles driven a day and withstand both hot and cold temperature in the long run?

The idea of turning a congested and polluted city over to electric taxis certainly sounds appealing but can electric taxis muster what their conventional gasoline cars endure on a daily base? While it is thought so, there are limits that will be addressed at some point or another.

New York City Turns To New Leafs. New York City has worked on its pollution problem since the 1970s when it realized its smog levels were rising to alarming levels. There were various push towards cleaner inner city transportation but the most notable these past decades were hybrid buses. Yet the irresistible idea of using electric cars as taxis makes much sense, at least on paper. Sure, the mile driven on electricity is usually a third, if not a half of the gasoline equivalent but the real question is how far and how long to recharge.

Fast Charge Versus Level 2. Although the jury is still out on the long-term effects of fast charging electric cars often your daily taxi drivers would need to that considering how many miles they put on. To do the same with an electric car, you would need to juice up a few times a day with a fast charger. Level 2 is the ideal way to recharge lithium batteries so far but it takes a long time. Bigger onboard chargers as Renault has done in Europe is the way to go as charging technology allows for even higher speeds.


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Nissan could do like Volvo and install small fossil fuel heaters. Save the battery power for driving. The pollution is minimized and EV travel maximized.
Yes, along the same line, methane, propane fuel cell would work as well. They have done well in people's pockets as lighters or heaters.