Bednarz Elektro Taxi GmbH: Climate-friendly transport in Bochum and its surroundings

In 2016, a taxi company in Bochum spent six weeks testing the feasibility of using a fully electric vehicle. Their experience was so convincing that the owner, Markus Wahl, decided to gradually replace his combustion engine vehicles with electric cars. The first four E-taxis are already in use.

Since the leasing contracts on four of his conventional taxis were coming to an end, the owner of Bednarz Elektro Taxi GmbH, Markus Wahl, had the opportunity of re-equipping his taxi company to make it more climate-friendly. Inspired by the six-week trial of a fully-electric taxi, he compared the advantages and disadvantages that traditional cars and an equivalent electric model offered in terms of operating his taxi business as usual. In the end, he reached a decision in favour of the electric cars – partly because both the maintenance costs and the total operating expenses are lower than they are for combustion engine vehicles.

Climate protection objective:

  • Switching the entire local taxi fleet to electric vehicles

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Photo: Markus Wahl

Two vehicles from Bednarz Elektro Taxi GmbH at the Electromobility Day 2017 in Bochum city centre

Running all day on green electricity

It was straightforward to integrate the four electric Nissan Leaf vehicles into the normal taxi business since a battery charge with a range of about 200 kilometres is enough, under normal conditions, to cover the distance that is driven each day on one shift. During changes of shift and while the electric vehicles are being cleaned, they are plugged into the rapid charging points installed on the company’s own premises, so that they have the full range available again in a very short time. They are recharged using green electricity, of course.

Further exchange of taxis is planned

Over the next six months, tests and evaluations are scheduled to provide further information on whether, and under what conditions, the four electric cars currently being used in the regular taxi business can achieve the operational cost savings that are expected. At the moment, the people in charge are planning to replace further combustion engine taxis with electric cars each year, as the leasing contracts expire. According to this schedule, the Bochum company is planning to only use electric vehicles for local transport from 2021 onwards – a taxi van/ambulance service and a long-haul vehicle will remain in place in their combustion engine versions, however, until electric alternatives suitable for the taxi business are available on the market.

Photo: Markus Wahl

“We want to show that there are good and inexpensive solutions available to support climate protection. You just have to use them!”

Markus Wahl and Bernd Hoose, Bednarz Elektro Taxi GmbH

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