Jaguar launches first all-electric taxi fleet in Munich
Jaguar has pulled off a double coup in Germany: not only has it entered the taxi industry, traditionally dominated by German makes off the three-pointed star kind, it has done so with electric cars. A fleet of 10 all-electric Jaguar I-Pace cars is about to enter service in Munich.
Jaguar Land Rover CEO Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth handed over the keys to the new cars in front of the Munich Opera House, in the presence of Munich mayor Josef Schmid and Dr Gerd Ennser, chairman of ADAC Südbayern.
New type of mobility
"It's a new type of vehicle for a new type of mobility," said Prof. Dr Ralf Speth.
The new vehicles feature a 90kWh lithium-ion battery which provides a 480km range (WLTP). On a 100kW DC quick-charging station, it takes 40 minutes to top up the battery to 80% of its full capacity.
The I-Pace has enough room to seat 5 comfortably. Passengers enjoy 890mm legroom and the boot is large enough for even the most cumbersome items, boasting a capacity of 656L.
Low running costs
Also at the handover ceremony was Gregor Beiner, General Manager of the Taxi Centre Munich. He said: "We will implement a schedule with 5 cars in service and the other 5 being charged." In spite of this half capacity, he expects a cost advantage from his new EV fleet through the low service and running costs.
Mr Beiner also explained his drivers have received special training for the electric drive and the specific Jaguar features. "They are expecially looking forward to the comfort of One-Pedal operation and the silent driving, as well as the instant acceleration of an EV car," he said.
No brake pedal
The Jaguar I-Pace is designed to decelerate in most situations without brake pedal application while at the same time feeding energy back to the battery by recuperation. Furthermore, the maximum torque is available from the start.
Private customers can buy an I-Pace with a starting price of €77,850 and they will appreciate the competitive resale values and running costs. Another advantage is of course also the knowledge that you operate a car with a lower CO2 footprint. Moreover, the German authorities give newly registered EVs a 10-year vehicle tax exemption.
Image: Jaguar I-Pace taxis in front of the Munich Opera House