Navigating the Boston charging network

In 2020 both Uber and Lyft pledged millions of dollars towards achieving an all electric vehicle fleet in the US by 2030. At Taxie, we believe that this aim is achievable only through making electric vehicles (EVs) accessible to rideshare drivers. When looking at the best EVs for rideshare, you need to consider the range, battery capacity, charging time, performance, and price for each vehicle.

Range:

Range is the maximum distance an EV can travel without recharging. Range anxiety is commonplace in EV owners - concern that your battery will run out of power before you get where you want to go or can stop to recharge.

Battery capacity:

The range depends on the battery capacity of an EV; the more capacity a battery pack has, the better the range. Battery capacity is expressed in terms of kilowatt hours (kWh).

Charging time:

A major concern for rideshare drivers is the amount of time it takes to recharge an EV battery pack. A regular driver spends on average ten minutes at the gas station to fill up their tank, but fully recharging an EV can take much longer - especially without a rapid charger at their disposal.

Performance:

EV performance is highly dependent on the battery pack of the car - better performance is achieved through a higher voltage battery pack, which influences how fast you can accelerate.

Price:

Historically EVs are priced higher than conventional gas-powered cars. Many rideshare drivers are deterred by this hefty upfront price, often ignoring the long-term savings realized from forgoing gas and reduced maintenance costs.

With all of these factors in mind, here’s a list of the best electric cars in the US for rideshare drivers:


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Kia Niro EV 2020

Cost: $40,210

Range: 239 Miles

Consumption: 30 kWh/100 Miles

0-60 mph: 6.8 seconds

Battery: 64-kWh

Slow Charge: 9.5 hrs

Rapid Charge: 60 minutes

Seats: 5

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Hyundai Kona Electric 2020

Cost: $38,085

Range: 258 Miles

Consumption: 28 kWh/100 mi

0-60 mph: 6.6 seconds

Battery: 64-kWh

Slow Charge: 9 hrs

Rapid Charge: 54 minutes

Seats: 5

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Nissan Leaf 2020

Cost: $32,525

Range: 149-226 miles

Consumption: 30-32 kWh/100 mi

0-60 mph: 7.8 seconds

Battery: 40-kWh

Slow Charge: 7.5 hrs

Rapid Charge: 45 minutes

Seats: 5

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Tesla Model 3 2020

Cost: $39,115

Range: 250 miles

Consumption: 24 kWh/100 mi

0-60 mph: 5.3 seconds

Battery: 50-75 kW

Slow Charge: 10 hrs

Rapid Charge: 30 minutes

Seats: 5

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After examining the criteria above, we found the clear winner for best EV for rideshare is the Tesla Model 3, with better range, performance, and battery capacity. But Teslas are out of reach for most rideshare drivers. We have a solution. With Taxie, rideshare drivers can rent Model 3s at a flat weekly fee covering insurance, maintenance and charging. Teslas have never been more accessible to rideshare drivers.

Citations:

https://www.edmunds.com/kia/niro-ev/

https://www.edmunds.com/tesla/model-3/

https://www.edmunds.com/hyundai/kona-electric/2020/

https://www.edmunds.com/nissan/leaf/

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