Electric taxis deployment is increasing on big cities around the world.

Last week, I posted about commercial and public electric vehicles and the rapidly growing
electric bus market. Additionally, I came across a very interesting post by Roger Atkins about electric buses and taxis. Roger, is a well known electric vehicles evangelist with many years of experience in the EV space and is now drawing our attention to commercial electric vehicles – buses and taxis. I couldn’t agree more that electric buses and taxis are showing great potential to advance electrification as recent news and market research clearly reflect this.

So, I thought I would round up some examples of cities around the world which have invested in electric taxis and introduced initiatives to push their adoption.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, has recently announced the biggest fleet of electric taxis in the world – consisting of 167 Tesla Model S electric cars. This, according to Schiphol Group, is a big step towards encouraging sustainable mobility.

Nederland, Amsterdam, Luchthaven Schiphol, 16 oktober 2014 presentatie van Tesla taxis. de introductie van de electrische duurzame taxi op Luchthaven Schiphol. foto: Herman Wouters

Nederland, Amsterdam, Luchthaven Schiphol, 16 oktober 2014 foto: Herman Wouters

New York, USA

In 2012, New York had 6,000 hybrid electric taxis which then represented about 59% of the total number of taxis in the city. What I’ve learned from my recent visit to the city and discussions with taxi drivers is that hybrid electric taxis now (2014) make up about 80% of the city’s taxis.

Additionally, the city has taken steps to encourage full electric taxis uptake with an electric vehicle pilot program it introduced in 2013.


London, UK

London’s first fleet of electric taxis was introduced in early 2014 with 20 electric vehicles from BYD. The city would have further increased its electric taxis fleet in July with additional 50 electric vehicles, if this deal between BYD and Green Tomato Cars, a local minicab firm, hadn’t collapsed.

However, further investment in electric cars is expected as according to Transport for London’s plan, all taxis from 2018 will be required to have zero emissions and comply with green standards.

Brussels, Belgium 


Based in Brussels, the European Commission,  has just bought the first electric taxis for its fleet. The new electric vehicles, 50 in total, were bought from BYD although other manufacturers including Nissan and Renault were initially considered.

Shenzhen, China 

The Shenzhen Development and Reform Commission (SDRC) have reported a very ambitious EV adoption plan. The goal is to create the largest electric transit fleet in the world and have ordered 500 electric taxis from BYD.

Thimpu, Bhutan

Bhutan, wants to convert the entire taxi and government fleet of its capital city, Thimpu, to electric. Bhutan’s plan is to buy 2,500 electric vehicles as a way to promote sustainable transport technology.

To sum up..

These examples I’ve listed above show that local authorities seem to be ready to go electric and push electric taxis uptake through adding significant numbers of electric taxis in their fleets and introducing pilot programs and other initiatives.

I feel that electric taxis show a quick adoption pattern of EVs  in large numbers and they’re certainly something we should keep an eye on. I’d love to hear what you think so feel free to let me know on Twitter and LinkedIn.