Nissan Is Europe’s #1 Electric Taxi Manufacturer

2 years ago by Mark Kane 13

Nissan LEAF taxi

Nissan LEAF taxi

Nissan LEAF taxi

Nissan LEAF taxi

Nissan announced a milestone of having 500 all-electric taxis in operation in Europe.

The Japanese company estimates that in Europe more than 550 LEAFs and e-NV200 are used as taxis, which makes Nissan the top electric taxi maker on the continent.

So far this year, 100 new taxis entered service, including 65 in Hungary.

“Nissan is leading the electric revolution with more than 550 electric taxis now on the road in Europe. Taxi drivers are some of the most demanding users with the highest mileage, reinforcing the reliability and versatility of Nissan electric vehicles.

During 2015 alone, over 100 electric vehicles were delivered to taxi companies across Europe, making Nissan the best-selling manufacturer of 100% electric taxis. The growth of the electric taxi market looks set to continue, as its popularity has started to take hold in Eastern Europe. Green Lite Taxi Kft., based in Budapest, has purchased 65 Nissan LEAFs in a bid to become Hungary’s largest zero emission fleet. To power its pioneering franchise, CEO Örs Lévay has installed seven quick chargers within the city.”

Örs Lévay, Green Lite Taxi Kft., CEO:

“We are delighted to be the first taxi company in Hungary to go 100 percent electric and the 199 km range means we only need to charge our taxis once during a shift. Along with the large savings on fuel and maintenance, the Nissan LEAF is very smooth to drive and almost silent, which means a more enjoyable journey for my customers and the drivers say typical 10 hour shifts are less tiresome.”

Hailing Its Taxis: Nissan Exceeds All-Important 500 Electric Taxi Milestone

Hailing Its Taxis: Nissan Exceeds All-Important 500 Electric Taxi Milestone

Nissan LEAF taxi

Nissan LEAF taxi

A large number of electric taxis are used in Estonia, and one of them covered 218,000 km (135,000 miles) on the original battery pack,according to the press release.

“In Estonia, it has been reported that a Nissan LEAF owned by taxi company, Elektritakso, has clocked up over 218,000 kilometres on its original battery pack, showcasing the high quality and reliability of Nissan’s electric vehicle range. In total, there are 80 electric taxis and counting in Estonia, whilst in Lithuania, Nissan is poised to deliver its first eight 100 per cent electric taxis to the Smart Taxi Company, based in the country’s capital, Vilnius, for late 2015.

What’s more, with the launch of the new 30 kWh Nissan LEAF, drivers can travel 26 percent further making it an even more practical choice for taxi companies.

Nissan electric vehicles – which include the Nissan LEAF and the e-NV200, a passenger and light commercial vehicle – are becoming increasingly popular among European taxi businesses, with the Netherlands and the UK topping Nissan’s e-taxi league table.”

Other top markets are Netherlands and the UK:

“Taxi Electric in Amsterdam was the first private taxi service to switch to a fleet of 100 percent electric taxis in November 2011. Since then, others from across Europe have joined the revolution, with the Nissan LEAF and e-NV200 now being used by taxi businesses in Stockholm, Prague, Barcelona and Rome.

With running costs as low as €0.03 per kilometre, companies like C&C Taxis, based in rural South West England have saved more than €79,000 on average each year. One of a growing number of businesses across Europe using Nissan electric vehicles in its company fleet, C&C Taxis proves that Nissan electric vehicles operate reliably as taxis with huge cost savings and a significant reduction in their carbon footprint.”

C&C Taxis's Nissan e-NV200 Combi

C&C Taxis’s Nissan e-NV200 Combi

Interesting is that Nissan refers to sales growth in 2014 compared to previous years, instead of 2015, which makes us wonder whether something is wrong with 2015 sales to not be able to present growth for current year?

“The 100% electric Nissan LEAF saw a lift in overall sales of 33 percent in 2014, compared to the previous year. With fewer moving parts, Nissan’s electric vehicles offer estimated maintenance costs up to 40 percent lower than petrol or diesel alternatives. Furthermore, European owners can also benefit from various incentives such as no business tax or vehicle excise duty on zero emission vehicles.”

Gareth Dunsmore, Director of Electric Vehicles for Nissan Europe, said:

“We are so proud to be announcing this all-important milestone. Nissan has already delivered 30 percent more e-taxis this year than in FY14 and this figure is constantly increasing, as more taxi companies realise the benefits of becoming 100 percent electric.”

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13 responses to "Nissan Is Europe’s #1 Electric Taxi Manufacturer"

  1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

    135,000 miles on one battery pack, huh.

    Wow, that’s getting on for getting somewhere close to half as good as Priuses.

    That was sarcasm, by the way.

    1. Nonda Trimis says:

      the snarc wears me out. What happened to the enthusiasm? This is still new technology that is constantly being improved and developed. Be happy we are even having this conversation…

    2. Scott says:

      Understand that the average Prius driver gets 11% (per GCR)of their driving on the traction pack. That’s 14,850 mile equivalent.

      Cabbies are generally not the average driver, that makes 135k miles even more impressive.

  2. sven says:

    The LEAF taxis in NYC have been an absolute failure. Hopefully, the longer range of the next-gen LEAF and e-NV200 will will make them a success, and keep the ICE-only NYC Taxi of Tomorrow (a modified Nissan NV200) off NYC streets.

    1. Boris says:

      Sven, could you go into more details? Why are they a failure? What range would be needed? Etc…

      1. alain says:

        the problem is old man winter ,40kw min would be need for a taxis service .

      2. sven says:

        Here are two stories about the trouble NYC LEAF taxi drivers are having, followed my long-winded comment:

        http://citylimits.org/2014/04/07/report-details-woes-for-nycs-electric-cab-experiment/

        http://citylimits.org/2014/03/11/only-two-electric-cab-drivers-on-the-road-in-nyc/

        LEAF taxis in NYC failed because taxi drivers don’t want to lease them due to short electric range, long charge times, and only three DC fast chargers in all of Manhattan (EV taxis aren’t allowed to use the BMW dealer fast charger).

        First I must explain that yellow cab taxi drivers are not employees, but are independent contractors who lease a yellow cab with a taxi medallion, which until recently cost upwards of $1 million dollars. This means that the taxi drivers can make a profit or a loss depending on if they pick up enough fares to cover their cab lease fees and fueling/charging expenses. Drivers can either lease a cab for a 12-hour shift (3 pm and 3 am), or lease a cab long term (as in years) which is usually done by two drivers partnering together, each of whom takes a 12-hour shift. Long term lease rates are lower, but the driver is also responsible for all repairs and maintenance for the taxi, in addition to fueling and charging expenses.

        The electric range is too low for a 12-hour shift, especially with the heater on in winter, and with battery degradation it gets worse as the taxi gets older. The short range means that EV taxis must often refuse lucrative fares to JFK airport if their charge level is too low. The fare to the airport is a non-metered $52.80 flat fare (plus tolls), and picking up a passenger for a return fare to Manhattan is a metered fare. But JFK airport has no DC fast chargers for the LEAF, and it’s a 40-mile round trip from midtown Manhattan.

        The extra time spent fast charging as opposed to a quick fill up with gasoline is time that not spent picking up fares and making money to recoupe the lease fee. Time is money. Lunch and dinner are 5-minute, eat-while-driving affairs in Manhattan (where yellow cabs almost exclusively operate). At the end of the shift, the taxi must be returned with a full charge or gas tank for the next 12-hour shift.

        In Manhattan, there are only three single DC fast chargers in three locations. If a charger is ICEd, malfunctioning and not yet reported, or another EV taxi gets there first to charge, it is more lost time (down time) for the EV taxi driver where he is not picking up fares and making money to cover his expenses.

        1. Mister G says:

          If all the wall street banksters donated 5% of their bonuses to install a DC charging network there would be hundreds of DC chargers in Manhattan.

      3. sven says:

        As a side note, Uber and Lyft are wrecking havoc on NYC’s yellow cab industry and livery car service companies (black cars, no street hails). Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods around taxi garages are becoming yellow cab graveyards. The increasing number of taxis that don’t get leased out for the day are taking over precious street parking spaces in neighborhoods around taxi garages. Meanwhile, the value of once million dollar taxi medallions are dropping like a stone.

        http://gothamist.com/2015/08/21/why_yellow_cabs_are_taking_up_all_o.php#photo-1

        http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/08/24/taxis-parked-greenpoint/

          1. Boris says:

            Thanks, I guess Model 3 75D or Y 75D it will have to be then…

  3. David S. says:

    Could it be that Nissan refers to 2014 vs previous year because 2015 is not over yet?

  4. I guess this are only fleet sales by Nissan and they don’t count independent self-employed taxi drivers. I’m very sure, that there are more than 27 Leaf taxis in Netherlands.