The Tesla Model 3 has become the first all-electric vehicle approved for use as an official New York City yellow cab, according to the list of approved vehicles.
As previously reported, Tesla's vehicles become especially popular among taxis in the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway, and are also beginning to get there in America with rafts such as the Columbus Yellow Cab.
We previously covered the very first Tesla taxi driver in North America when his Model S hit 100,000 miles back in 2017.
The best example of a Tesla taxi fleet is in Amsterdam, where they have operated a fleet over 100 Tesla taxis for many years and even updated their fleet of Model X SUVs last year.
Model 3 is just beginning to attract the cab companies' interest.
Earlier this year we reported on Columbus Yellow Cab announcing that they were purchasing 1
W e also heard about a fleet of 40 Tesla Model 3s in Madison which became the first all-electric cab service in the United States.
Now the legendary NYC yellow cabs could be electric with Model 3.
Electrek reader Brent Caswell pointed out that the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission officially approved the Tesla Model 3 to become a NYC yellow cab:
As you can see, not many vehicles have been approved, and model 3 appears to be the first all-electric one.
To become a yellow cab, vehicles need to complete TLC hack-up certification and inspection
Model 3 also does not qualify for alternative fuel medallion cars. It seems to be because the category was specifically created for hybrids and natural gas powered vehicles and not all-electric vehicles.
Several are beginning to consider electric vehicles, and in particular Model 3, for commercial purposes as a taxi service.
They look not only at the gas savings, but also at the potential maintenance savings and service life of electric vehicles.
CEO Elon Musk recently set some ambitious goals regarding the reliability of Tesla's vehicles.  Musk said they built the Model 3 to last as long as a commercial truck, one million miles, and the battery modules should last between 300,000 miles and 500,000 miles.
He also added that Tesla is working on a new battery that lasts 1 million miles, and it could come out as soon as next year.
We recently reported on a Tesla owner who became the first to push a Model 3 to 100,000 miles, and it seems to be doing well so far.  Featured Image via MrSalty on imgur
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