Video: Nissan Discusses NYC LEAF Taxi Pilot Project

4 years ago by Electric CarsTV 3

 

 

New York City’s “Taxi of Tomorrow,” the conventionally fueled NV200 minivan, is coming to the Big Apple this fall, but ahead of that is the introduction of 6 Nissan LEAFs, which we’ll call the “Taxis of the Far-Off Future.”

Nissan LEAF Taxi in NYC

Nissan LEAF Taxi in NYC

The NV200 will be the only vehicle that NYC cab companies can purchase going forward and Nissan promises a hybrid and electric version is coming, but first cab operators in NYC will be stuck with the non plug-in NV200 or, for six lucky drivers selected by the automaker, a yellow and gray LEAF.

These 6 LEAFs will tool around NYC for 12 months as part of a pilot project designed to see how well electric vehicles can be incorporated into a taxi fleet.  The LEAF taxi drivers will have access to some quick-charge stations scattered throughout NYC, as well as to Level 2 chargers located in the service garages of various cab companies.

Taxis in NYC average 70 to 100 miles daily—a figure that’s most likely beyond the range capabilities of the LEAF—but a single quick-charge during the day, plus a full overnight charge, will be enough to keep the LEAFs on the roads for a full shift.

Downtime during a standard 8- to 10-hour should be negligible, so long as the LEAF taxi drivers seek out quick chargers while grabbing a bite to eat.

And as this video from Nissan shows, at least one LEAF taxi driver is thrilled to have a vehicle that’ll smoke a Crown Vic of the line.

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3 responses to "Video: Nissan Discusses NYC LEAF Taxi Pilot Project"

  1. Brian says:

    “Taxis in NYC average 70 to 100 miles daily—a figure that’s most likely beyond the range capabilities of the LEAF”

    Not necessarily. In NYC, these Leafs aren’t likely to ever go faster than about 40mph. At these slow speeds, a Leaf could very well travel 100 miles on a charge. Remember, EVs are far more efficient at slow speeds, the opposite of ICEVs.

    In a New York winter, though, all bets are off.

  2. kdawg says:

    “Taxis in NYC average 70 to 100 miles daily”
    ————-

    That’s it? I never looked up stats for this, but I always assumed more.

  3. offib says:

    I find this fairly clever of Nissan, a good way of disposing some of its few 2011/12 LEAFs left in inventory that no one wants compared to the 2013 models.