From your experience so far, would you say an all-electric taxi is worth it?
When a taxi is reaching the end of its life, it needs a lot of expensive repairs. And I think that I have fewer parts in this car and will need to make fewer repairs. Even just through putting much less strain on the brakes: I mainly drive in B (“brake”) mode in city traffic, which means I am effectively using the brakes in the electric engine. And I am charging the battery at the same time through recuperation. A real benefit in city traffic. And the ID.4 is good value for money. Partly because fuel prices will continue to rise in the near future – for me as a taxi operator, there isn’t really an alternative to an electric car. A good feeling, from an economic perspective as well.
And what is the day to day use like – keyword “filling up”?
Electricity is more practical for me, and is much cheaper. On average, I now spend about fifty percent less in consumption costs for every 100 kilometres. There are a lot of charging stations in Hamburg – if you need to, you can easily find them using an app. But I have an 11 kW wallbox at home. It takes about three hours for me to charge what I need for the day, which I do overnight with no pressure. So now I have a totally new relationship with petrol stations: if the price is more than € 1.40, I smile as I drive past.