It will be in the form of new Jaguar’s electric SUV, I-Pace, revealed earlier this year.
Automotive revolution in the form of electric cars is slowly affecting one of more famous car services, at least in Europe, beige-painted Mercedes-Benz taxis. They may eventually, at least partially, replace existing taxis with three-pointed star on the engine cover. Actually, this is already happening right now, thanks to Britain car manufacturer, Jaguar.
At the moment, Mercedes-Benz limousines represent around 60 percent of all taxis in Germany, with most of drivers choosing E-class. However according to Bloomberg, Mercedes-Benz is not planning to provide their first electric SUV, the EQ C until the year 2019. On the other hand, earlier this week, Jaguar has provided 10 I-Pace SUV’s to be used within the München premises.
When presenting new cars to the fleet of city taxis, city officials pointed out two main benefits of implementation of electric vehicles. First of all, here is the benefit of zero emissions. München is one of the most polluted cities in Germany, so each attempt of lowering the amount of toxic exhausts is welcomed. Second, city officials has decided to co-finance each ride with 20 cents per kilometers, meaning that driving around with those taxis will actually cost less, than driving with regular cars.