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Published on August 13th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro

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Portland Taxi Service To Use Tesla Model S

tesla-tripsOn one hand, most electric cars are unlikely candidates for taxi service, with their limited driving range and long recharge times. On the other hand, the Tesla Model S is unlike any other electric car on the market, and it may be very well suited for livery work. Portland, Oregon-based Tesla Trips is set to find out thanks to their newly-granted livery license.

Tesla Trips got its start offering chauffeured wine, beer, and tourist tours throughout the Oregon countryside in the well-appointed Model S sedans, but they recently applied for a livery license as well. That license was granted, allowing Tesla Trips to also act as an on-call taxi service.

On paper, the Model S sounds like an excellent premium livery vehicle. The 85 kWh Model S is rated at 265 miles per charge, and the Supercharger service means a full, free charge in just an hour’s time. The Model S can also seat up to seven people, if you include the rear-jumper seats, and the long-wheelbase design gives passengers plenty of room. That has entrepreneurs from coast to coast looking to launch their own Tesla fleet service.

Companies in California have also started using the Tesla Model S, albeit in limited numbers, to provide livery service to the locals.

Source: Green Car Reports


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  • George McGregor Wilson

    An idea I floated with Richard Branson and Elon Musk for Virgig Taxis. It’s even more electrifying if paired with Hyperloop in the near future.

  • rivardau

    If it is going into business as a taxi service, is is wheelchair accessible,and is it ADA compliant for blind and deaf passengers too?

    If it is big enough to fit 7 people, then I *HOPE* that at least 1 vehicle in the taxi fleet will be wheelchair accessible.

    After all, a taxi service should be available to ALL potential passengers.

    • QKodiak

      Two under 70lb children can fit under the hatch in the optional child seats. So it’s not a true 7-seater. It’s a 5+2.

      Most taxi’s aren’t wheelchair accessible anyway so your point about taxi service being for everybody isn’t true anyway, because they’re not.

      Anyway, the Model X will be a true 7 seater with space in the third row for six footers.

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