A new fleet of Tesla Model Xs has replaced 167 Model S taxis at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. After 250,000-300,000 km of service to the Model S fleet, BIOS-groep, the airport taxi operator, decided it was time to recall this luxury sedan and replace it with its big brother – the Model X.
Since the 167 Model S entered service in 2014, vehicles have saved more than 2,500 tons of C02 per year. According to BIOS-groep CEO Stef Hesselink, luxury sedans have really held up well during their years of active service, especially considering that each vehicle makes thousands of trips each year. Hesselink noted, however, that the Model X’s superior seating capacity has been a plus in the company’s decision to retire its Model S fleet and replace it with this new electric SUV.
“ The Model S has held up wonderfully since it was put into operation in 2014, averaging more than 250,000-300,000 km (155,000-186,000 miles) by the end of 2017. Taxis and other commercial vehicles have a very different usage pattern. and they could travel more than 100,000 km (62,000 miles) a year . “
“ BIOS-groep makes more than 170,000 trips a year to and from Schiphol, so it was time to renew the all-electric fleet. We loved the Model X, and the ability to carry up to seven adults as well as its trunk, coupled with the high value of the Model S, made the switch very attractive, “wrote Hesselink.
BIOS-groep would continue with its charging system that allows its Model X fleet to charge overnight. In most cases, airport taxis are charged with conventional AC chargers in their own garage. During peak hours, the company employs a DC fast charging solution provided by Tesla, which charges electric cars at 60 kW. It should be noted, however, that the BIOS-groep DC fast chargers are separate from the Tesla supercharger network, which is rated at 120 kW.
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While BIOS-groep’s Model S fleet is retiring after 300,000 km , Tesla’s other taxi services have covered much greater distances.
Ari Nyyssönen, a Finnish taxi driver, posted fantastic figures on his Model S taxi. In August last year, Nyyssönen said that his car had already traveled an impressive 400,000 kilometers (250,000 miles). Considering the vehicle’s performance and durability, Nyyssönen was clear that there is a good chance that his Model S could exceed the 1 million km (621,000 miles) mark.