Nissan e-NV200 Electric Taxi Debuts At Frankfurt Motor Show

4 years ago by Mark Kane 10

Nissan e-NV200

Nissan e-NV200 and LEAF

Nissan e-NV200

Nissan e-NV200

At the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Nissan introduced its e-NV200 – electric van in taxi version – that will be included in Barcelona’s fleet.

The electric taxi was presented by Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn, in the presence of the Barcelona Mayor, Xavier Trias.

Barcelona will be the first city in the world to implement the e-NV200 taxi in public transport, after it enters production in mid-2014 in the Zona Franca area of Barcelona.

Nissan is investing 100 million euros and will create over 700 new jobs locally in Barcelona, so it will become the single global manufacturing plant for the e-NV200 and those vehicles will be exported worldwide.

e-NV200 will be the second electric from the Nissan brand, available in delivery and passenger versions, with a LEAF drivetrain.

Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn and Barcelona Mayor, Xavier Trias next to Nissan e-NV200

Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn and Barcelona Mayor, Xavier Trias next to Nissan e-NV200

In talking about the new electric taxi initiative, Ghosn said:

“We applaud Barcelona city for making this clear commitment to integrating the revolutionary Nissan e-NV200 electric vehicle into the city’s taxi fleet. We are delighted that the city where we will build this new vehicle is leading the way in promoting clean transportation for the benefit for all its citizens and visitors. The e-NV200 is a revolutionary product that will make zero emission taxis and goods delivery vehicles a reality in cities across the globe from next year. “

Nissan e-NV200

Nissan e-NV200

Nissan is committed to supporting the City of Barcelona with the deployment of a charging infrastructure, so we can expect many new CHAdeMO quick chargers:

“Nissan will contribute to installation of the necessary charging infrastructure for the city by providing CHAdeMO quick chargers. The Nissan-designed chargers can recharge any compatible electric vehicle from 0-80% battery in just 30 minutes. Barcelona City Hall and the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona will install these quick chargers across the city to create a network for taxi drivers and others to quickly “refuel”. These quick charger are part of the over 1,200 planned to be installed across Europe by March 2014.”

Moreover, Nissan and the City of Barcelona also aim at encouraging electric vehicle use in goods delivery:

“As part of the agreement the City Council is committed to provide specific places for loading and unloading goods and to enable electric vehicle charging points, as well as promoting a specific identification for electric vehicles. They will also consider the creation of goods delivering zones and schedules exclusively for zero-emission vehicles and to introduce tax cuts such as reducing business taxes to companies with fleets of electric vehicles.”

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10 responses to "Nissan e-NV200 Electric Taxi Debuts At Frankfurt Motor Show"

  1. Spec says:

    So the Leaf Taxi in Osaka thing didn’t work out real well . . . so let’s make that same mistake AGAIN!

    If you want to do EV taxis, you need battery swapping or decent sized batteries and fast-chargers.

    1. GeorgeS says:

      and wireless chargers at the airport where the Taxis all sit waiting for passengers.

  2. GeorgeS says:

    New York has approved the gas NV200 for Taxis. Does that mean that the e NV200 is a shoe in in New York for Taxi service?

  3. Ocean Railroader says:

    In Pisa Italy it’s not uncommon for the Taxis to pick up a group of people and drop them off at some of the sights and go park for a hour our two. If they had some type of fast charger station that could charge five or six of them at once in the area where the Taxis wait for people seeing the sights this could work out.

  4. scott moore says:

    Clearly they are basing it on fast chargers. The real question is, since it uses the leaf powertrain, why would it be ok to fast charge all day when leafs cannot? Did they add thermal management?

  5. Bloggin says:

    It sounds like Nissan is trying to push their EV Van/Taxi and chargers on Barcelona that they didn’t ask for, just to say they are there. Barcelona is not asking for anything and is not willing to pay for the vans or the chargers.

    It seems all the city is willing to do is allow power to the Nissan installed chargers. But the special loading and unloaded locations, and special delivery schedules ONLY for EVs will never happen. lol

    1. GeorgeS says:

      Nissan can save money on delivery since the factory is right there.

  6. Brian says:

    Taxis are a bad idea today. Local delivery of goods are a superb fit for an EV. I also look forward to the passenger version of this van. It has the potential to be a great family car for those who say the Leaf is too small.

    1. Warren says:

      Load the kid’s soccer team, and their gear in there, and see how far that 24 kWh pack takes you.

      1. Brian says:

        Plenty far enough to pick up all the kids, bring them to the field, and then bring them back home. Nobody said this will be for the travel teams.