Nissan Unveils e-NV200 London Taxi Concept That Will Launch in 2015 (w/video)

JAN 6 2014 BY MARK KANE 7

Nissan NV200 Taxi for London

Nissan NV200 Taxi for London – ICE

The New Year began just a few days ago and Nissan is already showing off a new concept electric.

Meet the e-NV200 London Taxi based on the electric delivery van e-NV200, which itself is based on the ICE NV200.

Nissan e-NV200 London Taxi

Nissan e-NV200 London Taxi

The original version was re-designed “to make it instantly recognisable as one of the capital’s iconic black cabs.”  The EV was developed for London and in London by Nissan Design Europe (NDE) in Paddington.

“The NV200 cab for London is part of Nissan’s global taxi programme, which also encompasses New York, Barcelona and Tokyo. The London version’s design is bespoke, reflecting the rich heritage and status of London’s black cabs.”

Among the specific changes that have been made to the front of the NV200 taxi are:

– Round headlamps and a re-modelled grille mirroring the traditional black cab ‘face’
– LED lighting to improve visibility of the traditional taxi sign
– Completely new front bumper panels

Nissan e-NV200 London Taxi

Nissan e-NV200 London Taxi

The gasoline version NV200 Taxi for London equipped with the 1.6-litre petrol engine and an automatic gearbox will be launched in December 2014. The electric version of NV200 taxi is planned for 2015, so sadly we must wait at least over a year:

“Nissan is also forging ahead with its pioneering work in the sustainable motoring field, developing a 100 per cent electric taxi – the e-NV200 – which it aims to have on the streets of London years ahead of the Mayor’s target of 2020 for the development of a zero-emissions taxi. Nissan’s electric taxi will be on the streets of a UK city in 2015.”

Nissan e-NV200 London Taxi

Nissan e-NV200 London Taxi

Electric NV200 Taxi for London has the same charging inlets as the Nissan LEAF.

Design Excellence Manager at NDE, Darryl Scriven, stated:

“Having already overcome the unique technical challenges presented by the development of a new Hackney Carriage for London ahead of our launch of the vehicle in August 2012, we turned our attention to making the vehicle look the part.”

“The Mayor’s office and taxi drivers were very keen that we maintain the character of the Hackney Carriage, making it something that people in the city can be proud of.”

“The main challenges were concerned with making sure customers can easily recognise it as a taxi. Being in London, we were able to go out and talk to cabbies about what was important to them as well as look at the vehicle from a customer’s viewpoint. It’s unusual for us to be able to work on something as bespoke as this, specifically for one location in the world and we are very proud to have been asked to do so.”

Andy Palmer, Chief Planning Officer and Executive Vice President, Nissan Motor Corporation, remarked:

“Since we launched our Taxi for London in August 2012, we have worked closely with the Mayor’s office and associated stakeholders and interested parties to ensure that Nissan’s new cab not only raises the bar for both driver and passenger, but is also as instantly-recognisable as its legendary forebears.”

“Alongside this, our engineers at Nissan Technical Centre Europe in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, have continued work on the cab, running real-world trials on the streets of London.”

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Brilliant. Love it.

Reference for anyone not so familiar with British cabs:

https://www.google.com/search?tbm=isch&q=british%20cabs&tbs=imgo:1&safe=active

I have to wonder if Nissan is waiting until 2015 because that’s when they expect to have their next generation of batteries available.

40-50 miles on a QC charge is probably not sufficient for Taxi use unless you’re staying within a very small area littered with QC stations.

It’s about 20 miles from Heathrow airport to the center of London – so they could probably get back and forth without too much issue – but if they have to go farther, they’re going to have to stop for a charge. Not knowing where their next fare might take them I suspect a Taxi driver is going to want to always top off if possible.

With another 50% range so that a QC can do 70-80 miles on a QC (and on a 50 kW QC they will pick up energy much more quickly as the charge won’t taper down as quickly) that really gives them a bit more leeway with regards to needing to charge.

Nice to see Nissan remove the Leafesque front, and tastefully regionalize the vehicles facial aesthetics.

Now make the Leaf less fugly.

Probably one of the unintended consequences of taxi service is lots of PRIVATE quick chargers getting deployed.