30 Oct '12, 9pm

Gearing Up the World's First Electric Taxi Service

Gearing Up the World's First Electric Taxi Service

EV Taxicabs will field 50 of these, if all goes well. (EV Taxicabs photo) As we all know, the greening of the taxicab fleet has begun. Toyota Prius and other hybrid fleets are thick on the ground, and if you call for a taxi in any major North American city, it may just come festooned with save-the-earth slogans. Plug-in hybrids make a lot of sense for taxi fleets, but are we ready for an all-electric taxi fleet? EV Taxicabs, a new company in Arlington, Virginia, thinks so. The company is planning to field a fleet of 50 Nissan LEAF cabs, connected to a network of 50 Level II and six Quick Charge public chargers around this northern corner of the state. AeroVironment is a supplier. Plug-In Taxis, Coming Soon? The brains behind EV Taxicabs is Malik Khattak. In an interview, he said that his father was a taxicab driver when he came to the U.S., and he himself also moonlighted ...

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