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Makes perfect sense for a fleet car. They will doubtless put charging stations at the airport, and they will also doubtless have a "car swap" site near the airport in the event a single driver keeps to busy in a day to keep the vehicle topped off.

The argument that not using renewables negates the "green-ness" of the vehicle is silly - Canada is not like China burning dirty coal and fuel burned in an electric plant is far more efficiently used than any stand-alone ICE vehicle's use of the same fuel could hope to be.

The bigger question is whether the vehicle truly reduces maintenance costs. There are a couple of videos on youtube which suggest that actual costs are surprisingly high - with examples of several swaps of expensive electric motors and control computers and inverters, etc. While using industrial components might certainly be cheaper over the long run, custom components used in limited production runs may keep prices high.
 

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Yeah, the BYD is obscure, but suitable for this purpose. The much more common and cheaper Leaf is not as large (for passenger space) and doesn't have as much battery. The Tesla Model X is a suitable size, but much more expensive. The Tesla Model 3 is not available. A Chevrolet Bolt might work well, but GM doesn't have a lot of incentive to push them and BYD aggressively markets to fleets.
Agreed. Taxi needs volume and range, not much else. Be fun if someone brought back the old Checker chassis, perhaps in aluminum for weight.
 

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Sure, charging stations at the airport make sense.

Car swapping is unlikely here. Taxi companies in Alberta are mostly dispatching services, with most vehicles belonging to owner/drivers (who also hire extra drivers to cover addition shifts, or rent their cars to those extra driver); TappCar has so far entirely followed this model - while TappCar drivers display TappCar logos, the drivers own the cars, not TappCar.
Hmmm, using that model for EVs they are going to face multiple challenges. A vehicle is an asset which needs to pay for itself. Vehicles do best when utilized 24/7. 80Kwh is roughly equivalent to only 8 gallons of gas, barely enough even for a long shift let alone 24x7 - especially with resistance heater running in the winter.

These EVs will be leased, presumably by TappCar directly from the leasing division of BYD, and probably sublet to the drivers... and drivers are likely individually responsible for their vehicles, not like a vehicle pool.
Ok so not to be too pessimistic there are advantages there as well. Presuming they find a way to make 80Kwh last for a long shift, cars for which an individual is responsible are liable to be better maintained.

Also, these things cost 60,000 CAD, so it probably makes more sense to have drivers sitting around idle for a couple extra hours per shift while their cars charge (some of which would have been their break time anyway) at 15 CAD per hour than to have a quarter of the fleet sitting idle while the lease payments keep ticking, just so drivers can swap into them.
Back to my original point - if they are using these explicitly for airport use, they could actually install some kind of charging rail system so that while drivers are waiting in queue they are charging. That would be the best way to insure each driver has close to a full "tank" in case a non-standard customer wants to drive from Calgary to Edmonton (about a full tank).
 

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I don't think that's all that functional, but a designed-for-the-purpose taxicab is an attractive idea; they can be very functional. A London Black Cab would be great; they're actually going hybrid (as the LEVC TX), but not 'pure' battery-electric yet.
Yah, today's batteries are still a bit wanting. Some kind of hybrid is probably the best answer. Lots of solutions for the generator.

5-10 more years will be a whole new world.
 
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