Video: Nissan Discusses NYC LEAF Taxi Pilot Project
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.”
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.