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Back in November of 2009, Nissan announced that its battery-powered Leaf would head south of the border, landing in Mexico City in 2011, a year or so ahead of its scheduled global launch. The deal laid out plans to have the Mexican capital become the first area in Latin America to reign in the Leaf.

Now, the Comite des Constructeurs Francais d'Automobile (CCFA) reports that the Nissan Leaf will hit the streets of Mexico in the second half of 2011. The first Leafs arriving on Mexican soil will be thrown into service with the nation's fleet of taxis. Studies will be conducted to assess the vehicle's abilities and to gauge the public's acceptance of battery-powered autos. Pending a successful outcome, the Leaf will be launched to the Mexican public in late 2011. Nissan has not confirmed official pricing for the Leaf in Mexico, but the CCFA report projects that the final figure will be somewhere north of "$21,000." Really?



[Source: CCFA via Google Translate]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Apparently none of you have ever heard of battery swapping.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When and where will Taxis be recharged? I don't know about Mexico, but around here, most taxis are shared between a couple of drivers, and see 16~24 hours of continuous use per day.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yep, quick charge stations will be a must for taxi use to maximize use of each vehicle. Battery swapping would seem to be an ideal use case for near constant fleet use as was tested in Japan by Better Place.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, this makes no sense whatsoever. If you do battery swapping like that test-program in Japan, it would work. But taxis are just not a good application for pure EVs.

        I guess they could use a fast-charger to charge it up . . . but I'm a bit worried about the effects that repeated fast charging will have on a battery's lifetime. Well . .. this would be a good test for that so go ahead and do it with battery fast-charging! I want to know what happens to Leaf batteries that are repeatedly fast-charged day-in and day-out!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Taxis? They'll collect 60 miles of fares and then be done for the day. That seems completely illogical.

      And somewhere north of $21K? Well, perhaps I'll make a run to the border to pick one up if they come it near that price.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A NYC taxi can be expected to drive something like 70,000 miles per year (about 200 miles per day). If the Leaf only has 100 mile range between charges, and only gets 70-odd or 80-odd miles in city use, how is that going to work? The driver's going to stop working and charge twice each day, rather than just filling once every night?
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