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Gravity Adds Tesla Model Y to NYC’s Yellow Cab Fleet

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Gravity, which announced its all-electric vehicle fleet of yellow cabs in New York last year, is adding Tesla Model Y vehicles to its fleet, Inside electric vehicles reports. The company’s existing fleet consists of Ford Mustang Mach-E crossovers, which have been rolling out since December 2021. The electric vehicles are part of a pilot program that has been adopted by the city’s Taxi and Limo Commission more early this year.

Gravity said its new Tesla Model Y marks the first use of the electric SUV as a yellow cab in New York. Revel operates Model Ys as livery taxis, and several Tesla Model 3s are used as city taxis, but the only Model Ys used as taxis in New York City are non-yellow cabs.

Image courtesy of Brendan Miles.

Gravity noted that the Y models were better suited to taxis due to the spacious interiors and luggage spaces. MotorTrend reported that taxi drivers who operate Gravity’s fleet of electric vehicles are monitored by driver-oriented artificial intelligence technology that prevents distracted driving. The article noted that it was both frightening and reassuring.

Moshe Cohen, Founder and CEO of Gravity, shared a statement on the latest addition to the fleet.

“This is another big first for Gravity as we reimagine what it’s like to take a taxi in the world’s largest city. The Model Y is the first Tesla that truly meets all of our expectations for quality taxi driving. New Yorkers and visitors will be able to ride in one of the most advanced vehicles ever built, with custom Gravity features that deliver a first-class experience for a standard taxi fare.

Gravity’s new fast charger will be available at its New York charging hubs. Image courtesy of Gravity.

Gravity will charge its fleet of electric vehicles with its own charging system, which the company recently launched. It has developed a 360kW fast charger (TFC-C1) that balances each vehicle’s power demand with other site uses. This allows it to manage power to reduce demand on the grid, and therefore reduce the cost of charging EVs while being adaptable.

Its chargers are available in three mounting options: floor mount, wall mount and ceiling mount. The company recently launched its new Urban Fast Charger at the New York Auto Show and said it solves several challenges such as speed and space issues that are hampering the adoption of electric vehicles in cities.


 

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