Nissan e-NV200 Taxi Saves Fleets So Much Cash That It’s Like Getting A License To Print Money

MAY 9 2015 BY MARK KANE 20

Nissan e-NV200

Nissan e-NV200

British taxi company C&C Taxi from St. Austell was already featured by Nissan as one of the LEAF and e-NV200 pioneers.

Now, it turns out that by switching to EVs, C&C acquired a license to print money (no, not really), saving over €79,000 in 18 months on fleet costs.

According to the press release, the annual savings per car on fuel alone in the UK stands at €11,374 (£8,500) or over $12,000.

To make savings like that you need to drive a lot, and to drive a lot you need to charge a lot, and to charge a lot you need to do it fast so C&C installed two DC quick chargers – one at its office and one in an industrial estate. The result is 77,000 miles (123,000 km) in just 12 months for one of the cars, which translates to some 6,400 miles (10,250 km) a month!

Neither C&C Taxi nor Nissan provided the total payback period for the cars (including fast chargers) compared to conventional cars, which maybe would convince more taxi companies to switch to EVs.

Nissan’s Director of Electric Vehicles, Jean Pierre Diernaz explains the significance of C&C’s experience, commenting:

“C&C Taxis proves once again that Nissan electric vehicles work extremely well as taxis with huge cost savings for the business and big benefits to CO₂ emissions and air quality. These cars work hard, averaging 40 taxi fares and 240 km (150 miles) per day with zero reliability issues. It just works!”

C&C Taxis's Nissan e-NV200 Combi

C&C Taxis’s Nissan e-NV200 Combi

C&C Taxi Fleet Manager Mark Richards commented:

“We have had such a positive experience with our Nissan LEAF fleet, even the drivers, who were anxious to start with are now very happy to drive a 100 percent electric car. They tell us a 10 hour shift is less tiring with an EV and the e-NV200 we have now means we can extend that experience to the drivers who were previously in diesel minibuses.”

“People often say that electric cars are just for cities, but we are in one of the most beautiful and rural counties of England with no cities or even motorways and they are working amazingly well for us. We are a family owned business and this is not a vanity project, this is something that is that is saving us money and getting us extra business.”

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20 Comments on "Nissan e-NV200 Taxi Saves Fleets So Much Cash That It’s Like Getting A License To Print Money"

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Great story – needs to be made more public as exactly this kind of stories are needed to open peoples eyes outside the EV crowd

The hot set up for a taxi fleet would be to have 120 Kw minimum super charging. Doubtful that the Leaf battery could handle it though.

On the other hand that’s only 5C so it doesn’t seem out of the realm. Maybe when they get their bigger pack they can do better in the charging dept. For a commercial app like this it would be nice to have liquid cooling also.

Anyway. Taxi fleets seem like a great app and this article just shows.

I can’t imagine losing 30 minutes/shift to charging. That’s 2 1/2 hours per wk. EV’s will make more sense for taxis when they can cover an entire shift, or for small cities. Here in Phoenix there would be fares you just couldn’t take unless they wanted to stop with you for thirty minutes. 200-mile range, and gas-powered taxis will no longer make good financial sense

I guess everyone have to stop at lunch and if the charging station are within reach it’s doable.

James, I walk by 4 – 10 Taxis from the same and competing taxi companies parked, in our Grocery Store Parking lot on most days when I am in the area – so it seems Taxi’s can afford to take breaks, and while the advertised solution for DC QC’s is 30 minutes to 80% – that does not mean that each time they wait until low/empty to charge, a quick 5 minutes here, and 5 minutes there, can be used to maintain a floating level of needed charge, with 10 – 15 minute charges other times. Plus – if the Taxi Meter fairs are lower than for Gas Taxi’s – they have the advantage of desirability by clients. Quiet, smooth, and less jerky also helps make them in demand, too!

James, fuel is expensive. If it is operating 365.25/24, saving #8.5k/year it means saving #0.96/hour, or #9.60/shift (10 hour shift).

Minimum wage in the UK in 2014 was #6.40/hour.
1/2 hour lost would be #3.20 in dead pay, plus admin and National Insurance.

Save #9.60 per shift in fuel.
Lose min #3.20 x (1.138 Employer NI rate) + admin costs.

Given low maintenance vehicle that are more comfortable vehicles for both driver and passengers, it seems it could work out.

It’s also worth noting that Cornwall has the mildest, sunniest climate in the UK, and if they’re driving in a rural areas the speeds aren’t going to be especially high.

To add: this is just the start.

Cheaper and better is needed to expand from marginal use.

This is great news, caused by a choosing a location that perfectly fits current EV technology. This result cannot be repeated everywhere just yet, but as batteries improve we will hear this story over and over again.

$12,000 savings per car per month is not hard to imagine, given UK fuel prices. (currently $6.59/gallon

Throw in oil changes and additional mx (afaik high use cabs usually go through 1 engine overhaul and a couple transmissions) and you are really talking about a lot of money.

When the next gen batteries start hitting the streets (2016/2017?) It’s possible you’ll see a much faster shift to EV’s in the high gas price countries than most people are expecting.

should read US$1.74/Litre

I think Tesla’s “overbuild” of European Superchargers is indicative of the potential they see.

Yeah, no sh!t, Sherlock. With their high gas prices and some EV incentives, they can save huge amounts of money by driving EVs as taxis.

The eNV-200 could use a much bigger battery though since that would reduce range issues and allow them to charge faster.

$12,000 savings per car per year….

Well $12K per car in savings per year, cost of the car approximately $30K (if similar to a Leaf) = less than a 2.5 year payback. After that, it is all profit. After year 2.5, with a fleet of 10 e-NV200s they would be $120K ahead. That is enough to higher several more drivers, buy more cars, take on the competition and expand further.

123,000km in a year is some serious mileage. Maybe they should get a Tesla Model S or two, for wealthier customers who want to arrive in style for meetings, or have business partners picked up at the airport.

Couple of things – and I have to admit, I’m not 100% if the same rule applies for this taxi company (though I’m 99% sure it is):

1. Taxi fares are regulated. In other words, whether you use a Rolls Royce, or Lamborghini, or an entry level econo beater, you can only charge the same fare. In that token, there’s no reason to get Model S to tailor for the wealthy with taxi fares, since, the charge will be the same. What you are referring to is Limousine service, so not exactly the same thing.

2. Nissan actually has a ultra-luxurious e-NV200 concept which is for the exact purpose of limousine service, called VIP Concept.

Note the decal in the picture says “St Austell Private Hire”. Private Hire means it’s a minicab service where you have to call the company for pick-up, so they’ll charge different rates.

Perfect use of an EV vehicle.
They just need to put some recharging stations where they normally stop / wait etc.
Huge benefits can be seen here.

Low maintenance is a big deal. They have one car that has nearly done 100k miles and it’s still on the original brake pads.

For most taxis I would say it makes no sense. The car has something like a 60% duty cycle (40 of the time it sits on a charger).

However, those taxis queued up at the airport could be charging, not just sitting, and their average fair would fit into the range of the car.

Now you just have to find people with bad attitudes and broken english to drive them…