Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Taxi Pilot Program

The TLC recognizes that electric vehicles are an essential part of a clean energy future and is committed to electrifying licensed vehicles. In order to support an all-electric fleet, the TLC approved the BEV Taxi Pilot Program on May 4, 2021. This pilot significantly increases the number of electric vehicle options available to taxi medallion owners.

Currently, the TLC has approved the Tesla Model 3 for use as a taxi. Other electric models are now eligible for purchase under the BEV Taxi Pilot Program. Pursuant to the pilot, medallion vehicle specifications regarding horsepower and acceleration have been modified for several BEVs that meet TLC's interior volume standards. There is also an opportunity to get approval for additional BEV models. TLC will evaluate the pilot through data analysis and communication with medallion owners and drivers.

While the pilot is set to run for 12 months after the first battery electric taxi is certified for use, new BEVS will remain licensed as long they comply with TLC rules. To learn more about the pilot structure, please read the BEV Taxi Pilot Program resolution. Interested medallion owners or agents should apply to participate. Please note that medallions that are scheduled to replace a wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) are not eligible for this pilot program.

Application Process

There are four steps to the BEV Taxi Pilot Program application process:

Step 1: Select an Eligible BEV

Select a vehicle from the list of pre-qualified BEVs. If there is a model that you believe would work well for your taxi operations that is not on the pre-qualified vehicle list, you may email this information to electricvehicles@tlc.nyc.gov. The Safety & Emissions Division will conduct a feasibility assessment of the vehicle and if approved, you can move forward with a pilot application.

After selecting a pre-qualified vehicle or getting an approval for another electric vehicle model from Safety & Emissions, e-mail electricvehicles@tlc.nyc.gov with a completed application.

Do not purchase a vehicle until your pilot application is approved by TLC.

*Please note that medallion owners with a WAV requirement will not be eligible for the Pilot Program.

Step 2: Vehicle and Application Approval

TLC will review your BEV Taxi Pilot Program application.

Step 3: Participant Agreement and Driver Training

After a pilot application has been approved, the medallion owner or agent must complete a participant agreement that ensures the medallion vehicle will only be leased and/or operated by drivers who are equipped and trained to operate the features and technology of an electric vehicle.

Step 4: Licensing & Inspection

After the signed participant agreement has been approved by the TLC, the medallion owner can begin the licensing and hack-up process of their BEV. Please refer to the medallion licensing and hack-up webpage for more information on this step.

Frequently Asked Questions

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If I am required to hack up a wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV), can I participate in the BEV Taxi Pilot Program?

No. You must hack up an approved WAV. Currently, no BEV is approved for use as a WAV.

What is a battery electric vehicle?

A battery electric vehicle (BEV) relies solely on the energy from a rechargeable battery to operate. BEVs have no internal combustion engine and emit zero emissions. BEV technology has improved drastically in recent years and many models have battery range capabilities of over 200 miles. A BEV is different from vehicles that may be considered electric but still have an internal combustion engine. These types of vehicles are known as Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles and are not eligible for this Pilot Program.

Which vehicles are eligible for the BEV Taxi Pilot Program?

Download a list of battery electric vehicles already qualified for the BEV Taxi Pilot Program. Medallion owners and agents can request to add more vehicle models to the pilot by emailing electricvehicles@tlc.nyc.gov.

Why does the TLC want drivers to go electric?

New York City and New York State have set ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change. The TLC recognizes that reducing emissions in the transportation industry is an important step to achieve a sustainable and clean energy future. The TLC also recognizes that the auto manufacturing industry is shifting from traditional gas-powered vehicles to more electric models. In order to align with this shift, spur economic development and job growth, reduce noise pollution, and meet city and state mandates, the TLC is committed to supporting a switch to an all-electric fleet.

What are the benefits of a BEV?

BEVs offer exciting new technology for drivers, a quiet and smooth ride, and an improved passenger experience, as well as potential savings on fuel and maintenance costs. There are other incentives that may be available for BEV owners, including a federal tax credit, New York State rebate, and toll discounts from both the State of New York and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Additionally, BEVs have no carbon emissions, which is incredibly important as the city works to combat climate change and achieve a clean energy future for everyone.

How do I charge a BEV?

BEVs require charging that is compatible with its plug type. Many automakers make plug adapters, allowing owners to power-up at almost any charger. Charging at home allows for vehicles to be fully charged overnight. Many drivers in New York City utilize the area's growing charging network including DC Fast Charging, which can power your battery up to 80 percent in 30 minutes or less.

Where do I charge a BEV?

New York has a growing charging network. This includes chargers available to the public through a pilot program run by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), and a planned network of NYC DOT chargers with discounted rates for frequent users. In fact, there are publicly available fast chargers in all five boroughs, which can provide power in just 30 minutes. For those with the ability to charge at home, Level 2 charging can fully recharge most batteries in eight hours or less. And Con Edison, PSEG, and other New York utility companies offer discounted electricity for EV drivers during overnight hours, as well as other incentives. Available charging sites can be found online and on apps, including Plugshare, ChargeHub, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Check out this link for a map to electric chargers in New York. Be sure to filter for electric stations.

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