You can now catch a Ford Mustang Mach-E on NYC’s streets- but this time, it’ll be a part of the iconic yellow taxi fleet that picks up and drops commuters anywhere across the Big Apple.
Operated by Gravity- a startup focused on EV fleets and charging infrastructure, the yellow Mustang Mach-E, is now studded with classic taxi iconography, and this is officially the first time that Ford’s new, mass-market EV is being deployed as a taxi.
Going ahead, Gravity’s Founder and CEO Moshe Cohen says he hopes to eventually operate a fleet of 50 electric vehicles comprised of both Mustang Mach-Es and Tesla Model Ys. “I think the Mustang and the Model Y are kind of like the ideal taxi vehicles that are available today,” Cohen said while conversing with popular tech news portal The Verge.
As it stands, Gravity operates its own charging station out of a parking garage in Midtown Manhattan, and the company plans on installing more chargers in the future, Cohen said, including fast-chargers capable of speeds of up to 350 kW.
In order to comply with the TLC’s rules, Cohen said that Gravity has installed an “artificial intelligence camera” that tracks the driver’s face to prevent distraction. The company is also tracking the vehicle’s speed and other driving maneuvers to ensure drivers are operating safely.