Electric taxis are the gateway to clean cities. While gas-powered taxis are fewer in number than personal cars, these high-mileage vehicles are disproportionally responsible for harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) and other tailpipe emissions, so electrification of this fleet is essential to making a real impact on air quality and oil consumption. Since taxis drive nearly continuously, they require instant charge of their battery to maintain quality of service and continue serving the public. Given the taxi business, waiting three to four hours for standard charge is not an option. Battery switch is the only option that allows the driver to recharge in less time than it takes to refuel, the means of range extension for today’s gas-powered taxis.
This program will be developed in partnership with key regional stakeholders and organizations that are working together to build Bay Area EV leadership, including:
• Taxi operators and car sharing programs: Yellow Cab Cooperative, Yellow Checker Cab Inc.;
• Regional and state agencies: Bay Area Air Quality Management District
• Consumer and EV organizations: Plug-in America, AAA Northern California;
• Leading regional business/community organizations: Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Bay Area Council, Bay Area Climate Collaborative, Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, and others;
• San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
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What can you do with this information?
- Send this article and video to everyone you know - this is just so cool.
- Write a letter to the editor, praising this program and asking when electric taxis can be used in your community.
- When someone comments that "the government wastes our $$", remind them of this program and say in a firm assetive voice "I want my tax dollars to be spent on programs like the electric taxi that saves energy, reduces carbon emissions, and creates jobs".
- Contact your local congressman and senator and tell them you support this plan and expect them to support it too.