At that stage still an independent company, Benz & Cie. in Mannheim soon also became involved in the taxi business. In the early years of the 20th century, there was a tremendous surge in the number of motorized taxis to be found in cities. Electric, steam and even hybrid-powered taxis all found their way onto the roads. Among the hybrid taxis, with combined electric and gasoline drive systems, were numerous examples of the Mercedes Mixte model, built by Austro-Daimler in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. But this particular technology did not catch on.