Researchers at the Idaho National Lab are playing a big role in the future of electric vehicles.
They’ve recently started a new project with the city of New York.
The INL is collecting data to help the New York taxi service decide if they want to replace a third of their fleet with electric vehicles like these.
The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission is introducing 6 new Nissan Leaf electric vehicles into their fleet.
These electric vehicles will be operated by both taxi fleets and owner operators.
“It’s Idaho’s job to take the different data streams and put them all together and do reports, to get an analysis on the technology, how do they charge, how do people drive them, how many miles a day, where should the chargers be” said INL’s lead researcher for the Advanced Vehicle Testing Activity, Jim Francfort.
New York has 40,000 yellow taxis, and a goal to replace a third of them with electrical vehicles.
This electrical vehicle trial run just started at the end of April.
“New York City is a very different animal as far as driving a vehicle, it’s very tough, 9 Million people in a very small area, the people there are very demanding of technology” continued Francfurt.
The INL’s job will be to track these electrical vehicle drivers and report un-bias data that the taxi company will use to decide whether or not to put the different vehicles in their fleets.
Researchers at the INL will being giving several presentations to other countries about their data findings later this summer.