If you have been to a major metropolitan area lately it is probably pretty likely that you might have seen or even hailed a hybrid taxi. In fact, hybrids seem to make a lot of sense for cab duty considering the vast amount of urban city driving they do; though we do wonder if any benefits are reduced by the lead footed practices of most cab drivers in cities like Chicago. Hey, they get you there on-time! However, the hybrid movement may eventually give way or have to live in harmony with a vast amount of electric only powered vehicles. So the question is simple, how will electric vehicles fair as a taxi? Better Places, a company with U.S. headquarters in Palo Alto, CA, may have the answer.
As reported by our sister site, AllCarsElectric.com, Better Places has received a grant to expand their battery quick-swap technology powered cab research project from Tokyo to San Francisco, CA. Actually, it is the entire “50 mile-long corridor from San Francisco to San Jose,” John Voelcker says on AllCarsElectric.com. The gist of the project is to test the wear and tear on a set of four taxi cabs that will use the Better Place battery quick-swap technology. The ability to change the batteries out allows for the cabs to travel beyond the expected 56-mile range. Even more impressive, the automated battery swap stations are supposed to take about 60 seconds while passengers wait in the vehicle.
Better Place battery-swap demonstration
For all the details, roll on over to AllCarsElectric.com.
[Source: AllCarsElectric.com and Better Place]