This is a guest article.
It’s very hard to deny that electric cars are on the rise, it’s also worth noting that they still make a very small fraction of the car market. But how do these facts affect your choice to base your taxi startup’s operations on electric cars?
Fortunately, the latter one almost completely pales in comparison to the wide variety of benefits you get. Especially if we are talking about the taxi services, which do not put too much pressure on regular car batteries.
Where the electric cars’ market share does manifest is the current offer, which is still somewhat limited. Still, there is more than enough vehicles to choose from, so here are top five choices you should pay attention to the most.
This eco-friendly spin on the very successful foundation in the form of the Fiat 500, may not look like a vehicle that can pack a lot of cargo, but it certainly makes up for its limited space in the ability to quickly navigate any crowded city streets, to find an available parking space.
Featuring 111 horsepower lithium-ion battery capable of pushing your vehicle 140 km (87 miles) in a single charge, and a tempting price-tag of $31,800, the 500e looks like a very good offer for all urban commuters.
Chevrolet Spark EV
According to TyreRight blog, the choice of right tires can lower the power consumption of your vehicle. Now, consider that Chevrolet Spark EV is already a very power-friendly vehicle, and with a price of just $19,995, you will see why, when properly equipped, this vehicle makes one of the most wallet-friendly offers on the market. Although it falls on a smaller side, Spark EV does feature a 130 hp engine. Available Wi-Fi, and hands-free texting technology are there to make your taxi service even better.
Kia Soul EV
If you feel that the above mentioned two cars are too small to be used as the efficient taxi vehicles, you will be glad to hear that this all-electric 5 door crossover offers a lot of space for the price that is even lower than the one of Fiat 500e (about $30,000).
Compared to the previous two models it may look somewhat underpowered (109 hp), but the range of 150km (93 miles) – the largest EPA-rated range in its class – will put a smile on every driver’s face.
Toyota RAV4 EV
Offering even less compromise than Kia Soul EV, its only drawback is that, as of August 2014 this 4-door SUV is no longer in production. Still, if you manage to get your hands on one, you will get a very spirited performer with an impressive 0-100 time of just 7 seconds. The Toyota RAV EV has a lithium-ion battery (41.8 kW/h), power output of 154 hp, and the estimated range of 166 km (103 miles) are there to make your experience even better.
Honda Fit EV
Ever since Honda announced discontinuation of the 2015 model this car became an even more interesting option than upon its launch.
These days, you can get Fit EV’s great acceleration, and rapid charge time (it goes from 0-100% in just three hours) for a price lower than the initial $36,625. Count in the great design, estimated range of 160 km (100 miles), three distinct driving modes (econ mode extends driving range by 17% ) and you will get one very attractive taxi vehicle. Alternatively, you can always go for the newer, albeit pricier, 2016 model.
As we can see, although they are still a rarity, electric cars are diversified enough to offer something for everyone. Rest assured, if you want to start your electric taxi business, you will have no problem filling your ranks with very capable vehicles.