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Published on October 21st, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro


Amsterdam Airport Enlists 167 Tesla Taxis

October 21st, 2014 by  


Originally posted on GAS2

In a bid to reduce its carbon footprint, Amsterdam’s main airport has enlisted the aid of 167 Tesla Model S taxi cabs. The cutting edge taxis are just a small part of the Schiphol airport to be among the greenest in the world.

The taxi service will actually be operated by three competing companies, all of which will use the Model S. One of the companies, Taxi Electric, had been thought to be using the Nissan LEAF, but the Model S it turns out is the better option. Numerous government incentives bring the price of the Model S down, and in some places in the Netherlands the Nissan e-NV200 electric van can be had for less than $10,000. The incentives are there, as is Tesla’s European assembly plant.

The electric taxi fleet is one of the many efforts on the part of the Schiphol airport to reduce its carbon footprint, like extensive use of LED lighting and 35 BYD electric buses, among other things. The rollout of this new electric taxi service begins today, and the minimum trip cost comes in at a substantial 25 euros, though each car comes equipped with free 4G LTE wireless service. The launch also came with a pretty slick video, posted below.

I’ve always wanted to visit Amsterdam, for purely scientific reasons of course. I hear the coffee is pretty good too…

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  • Pete Austin

    Rode in one of these Tesla taxis between Schipol and central Amsterdam.

    Smooth, quiet, comfortable, hitech. But the driver said it’s very expensive at about 100k euros, is too low for a lot of people to enter easily, and the range between charges gets short when the weather is cold.

    Returned the other way by train. The train cost about 6 euros from Amsterdam Centraal, compared to about 60 euros by taxi, both journeys taking about 30 mins. And the train probably has the lower carbon footprint.

  • Mark Fishaut

    Rode in oneof these cabs to downtown Amsterdam on August 4 ->AMAZING!!!! Worth the $$ just for the experience.

  • Shiggity

    Gas is 6.48$ a gallon in Amsterdam and the city is like the bay area, you basically sit in a grid-lock of bridge traffic all day. Paybacks will be fast.

    • Pete Austin

      You have this exactly wrong. Payback is fast if taxis can do a high daily mileage and therefore gas-powered taxis use a lot of fuel every day. If roads are gridlocked it’s impossible to use much gas.

  • David in Bushwick

    And in NYC, Bloomberg’s Taxi of “Tomorrow” is a gas engine minivan.
    So much for New Amsterdam…

    • Shiggity

      lol do you really think the oil and gas lobby would let EV’s get all the love in the US’s biggest city?

      • Pete Austin

        Real reason is economic. If roads are basically gridlocked, as in NY, taxis do a low daily mileage and don’t use much gas each day. So you don’t save much money by going electric and the return on investment is poor. Tesla taxis make more sense in places where the traffic flows freely.

  • Dominic

    A taxi from Schipol to downtown Amsterdam costs around 40 euro, so the 25 limit won’t be such an issue for airport transfers.

    • Hans

      There is also a cheaper option to get to Amsterdam from Schiphol Airport in an environmentally friendly way:
      Schiphol also has its very own railway station directly under the
      entrance hall, with a direct connection to Amsterdam central.

      • Kevin JG

        It’s much quicker too. However, I expect the taxi’s to be primarily used by locals who live between Schiphol and Centraal such as De Pijp or Oud-West. I live in Oud-West and have seen these taxis in my neighborhood nearly every day the past several weeks.

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