Today for the first time I saw a Pure-EV taxi. Was a Nissan Leaf and part of the Green co-op in Wellington.
Will be a game changer if large numbers of taxis start switching to EV.
Taxi's went Hybrid in a huge way, because it made economic sense,
I'm not convinced there is the margin in the industry to justify going EV just yet, ( green's leaf is a one off)
Someone has to be first ... they may have got a 'deal' for that reason. I think hybrid taxis were good advertising for hybrid vehicles.
The lower maintenance would appeal, to a taxi owner. Down time for maintenance is $ out the door in two ways - servicing costs and lost revenue. In Welly you could probably do a lot of running around the CBD and airport on one charge as distances are short - about 15km CBD to Airport return.