The Potential of Battery Electric Taxis in Santiago de Chile

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Given the semi-private nature of the mode, the conversion of taxi vehicles to electric requires a feasibility analysis, as it can impact their operations and revenues. In this research, we assess the feasibility of taxi companies in Santiago de Chile operating with battery electric vehicles (BEVs), considering the current electric mobility infrastructure of the city. We used a large database of GPS pulses provided by a taxi app to obtain a complete picture of typical taxi trips and operations in the city. Then, we performed an assessment of the feasibility of the fleet conversion by considering battery capacity, driving range, proximity to recharging stations, and charging power. The results are promising, as the number of completed trips ranges from 87.35% to 94.34%, depending on the BEV driving range. The analysis shows the importance of installing fast charging points in the locations or BEV driving ranges.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8689
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Chile
  • battery electric vehicles
  • charging stations
  • feasibility
  • taxis


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