Nissan LEAF Taxis On The Rise In Europe


Taxi Electric, based in Amsterdam, operates a fleet of 25 Nissan LEAF

Taxi Electric, based in Amsterdam, operates a fleet of 25 Nissan LEAF

According to Nissan, it’s the world leader in the electrified taxi segment, with the UK leading the way among countries worldwide.

As Nissan states:

“The UK was Nissan’s biggest market for worldwide electric taxi sales in the previous financial year, with 78 of the company’s zero-emission models (LEAF and e-NV200) delivered to taxi firms around the country.”

Among continents, Europe took the #1 spot by “accounting for 48% of worldwide sales in the 2015 financial year.” That’s 48% of Nissan’s worldwide taxi sales in 2015.

Nissan adds:

“Globally, electric taxi sales increased 34% over the previous fiscal period, but in Europe the market saw a 66% volume increase from 426 to 709.”

Again, these figures apply only to Nissan’s electric taxis.

Coming into 2016, Nissan struck its largest deal yet. La Ciudad del Taxi purchase 110 Nissan LEAF 30 kWh versions. These taxis will enter service in Madrid, Spain.

Nissan cites low operating costs among the leading factors for choosing electric taxis over conventional cars.

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It gets pretty hot in Spain. Hope these are leases.

I don’t get how a taxi cab that is basically on the move all day long can do with the Leaf’s meager range. Same with company car pool vehicles.

Easy. Slow traffic in congested city centers, you’re doing maybe 100 miles a day with plenty of breaks to recharge. It’s Europe – everything is much closer together there.

Yeah, but I bet they much prefer the 30 kWh version.

Yes, because of range and faster charging!

This is a gross fake news. The world leader for taxi service use is without doubt BYD with the E6 . Here in Shenzhen, where i live, there are 2800 BYD E6 taxi. The BYD E6 is a perfect taxi vehicle with more then 400 km range and a battery pack with 82 Kwh capacity. Also the infrastructure for recharging is perfect here in Shenzhen, and the taxi can be fully charged in less then one hour. Nissan should better concentrate in improve the poor range performance of the Leaf , then make inopportune triomphalism.

Marco, if you have some kind of link to the actual numbers, send it to InsideEVs — beyond correcting Nissan’s statement, if true it’s obviously a much more significant achievement, and would make the article much more interesting.

Triumphalism ? That’s Nissan in a Nut Shell!

There is a taxi company in Dundee, Scotland. That has a fleet of 30 Nissan Leaf. It has been running for two years. I met the owner through our Electric vehicle Association(Scotland) he told us of his satisfaction with the vehicle and the drivers satisfaction.
Dundee is quite hilly. He claims that they’re are huge savings to be made on fuel and maintainance.

I don’t doubt that. I have heard that cars in San Francisco last only half as long as elsewhere, because the hills are so hard on them. That would hardly matter to an electric car.

The absolute numbers here look fairly low (IIUC, Nissan says they made ~1500 BEV Taxi sales worldwide in 2015).

It would be interesting to figure out the worldwide number of EV taxis — Taxis should be fairly low-hanging fruit for EV use, once real range is >100mi . Stop-&-go traffic is very suited to BEVs, slow speeds means aerodynamics matter less so Wh/mile is decent, and charging infrastructure (as long as DCQC is supported in the cars) is simpler, since only a few charging points in depots are necessary rather than a widespread network.