The Schiphol airport, Amsterdam’s international airport, announced today that they completed their one-millionth taxi ride this year and an impressive 70% of those rides were done by their large fleet of Tesla vehicles.
BIOS-groep, a taxi company operating in Amsterdam, was an early adopter of electric vehicles and built the largest fleet of Tesla taxis (167 Model S sedans) back in 2014.
Stef Hesselink, Managing Director of BIOS-groep, said about the use of the vehicles:
The Model S have held up beautifully since they’ve been put to work in 2014, having an average of over 250,000-300,000 km on each odometer by the end of 2017.
They say that “taxis and other commercial vehicles have a very different usage pattern and could drive up to over 100.000 km per year.”
Earlier this year, we have learned that they started updating their fleet with Model X electric SUVs.
The company announced today that the fleet has been responsible for 70% of the 1 million taxi rides from the airport this year:
“Today marked the one-millionth taxi ride to leave the Schiphol taxi stand in 2018. Of these journeys, around 70% were driven in a Tesla: electric and no emissions. As a celebration, we treated the passengers who went on the one-millionth ride, as well as all of the taxi drivers.”
They covered the cost of the ride for two travelers from the United Kingdom who were the one-millionth customers and they were given “a souvenir model Tesla.”
Tesla’s vehicles have become particularly popular with taxis in the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway, and are starting to get there in America too. Last year, we talked to the very first Tesla Taxi driver in North America when his Model S hit 100,000 miles.
More taxi companies and drivers are taking advantage of the low-cost of operation and Tesla’s 8 year or unlimited miles Battery and Drive Unit Limited Warranty.