Nissan and New York City announce on Earth Day the launch of six Leaf taxis to see how electric cabs could work day to day.
It’ll still be another six months before the Nissan NV200 hits the streets of New York City as the “Taxi of Tomorrow”. But in the meantime, the American city and the Japanese automaker are taking a step towards electrifying New York’s taxi fleet with a pilot program of six Nissan Leaf cabs. Starting in the spring, the Leaf taxis will be put into regular service to show drivers and operators, the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission and the public at large the opportunity how EVs can be used in regular taxi duty around the city.
The program will also see a number of quick chargers installed in strategic locations, allowing drivers to recharge their cabs to 80% capacity in under 30 minutes. The city aims to replace one third of the taxis on the road with EVs by 2020.