• New York (Apr. 22, 2013) - To celebrate Earth Day, Nissan and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today launched a new electric vehicle taxi pilot with the world's best-selling electric car, Nissan LEAF. This pilot program, which puts six LEAF taxis into service beginning this spring, will help Nissan, the city, the taxi industry and the public understand how zero emission vehicles can be integrated into future taxi fleets.

  • New York (Apr. 22, 2013) - To celebrate Earth Day, Nissan and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today launched a new electric vehicle taxi pilot with the world's best-selling electric car, Nissan LEAF. This pilot program, which puts six LEAF taxis into service beginning this spring, will help Nissan, the city, the taxi industry and the public understand how zero emission vehicles can be integrated into future taxi fleets.
  • New York (Apr. 22, 2013) - To celebrate Earth Day, Nissan and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today launched a new electric vehicle taxi pilot with the world's best-selling electric car, Nissan LEAF. This pilot program, which puts six LEAF taxis into service beginning this spring, will help Nissan, the city, the taxi industry and the public understand how zero emission vehicles can be integrated into future taxi fleets.
  • New York (Apr. 22, 2013) - To celebrate Earth Day, Nissan and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today launched a new electric vehicle taxi pilot with the world's best-selling electric car, Nissan LEAF. This pilot program, which puts six LEAF taxis into service beginning this spring, will help Nissan, the city, the taxi industry and the public understand how zero emission vehicles can be integrated into future taxi fleets.
  • New York (Apr. 22, 2013) - To celebrate Earth Day, Nissan and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today launched a new electric vehicle taxi pilot with the world's best-selling electric car, Nissan LEAF. This pilot program, which puts six LEAF taxis into service beginning this spring, will help Nissan, the city, the taxi industry and the public understand how zero emission vehicles can be integrated into future taxi fleets.
  • New York (Apr. 22, 2013) - To celebrate Earth Day, Nissan and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today launched a new electric vehicle taxi pilot with the world's best-selling electric car, Nissan LEAF. This pilot program, which puts six LEAF taxis into service beginning this spring, will help Nissan, the city, the taxi industry and the public understand how zero emission vehicles can be integrated into future taxi fleets.
  • New York (Apr. 22, 2013) - To celebrate Earth Day, Nissan and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today launched a new electric vehicle taxi pilot with the world's best-selling electric car, Nissan LEAF. This pilot program, which puts six LEAF taxis into service beginning this spring, will help Nissan, the city, the taxi industry and the public understand how zero emission vehicles can be integrated into future taxi fleets.
  • New York (Apr. 22, 2013) - To celebrate Earth Day, Nissan and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today launched a new electric vehicle taxi pilot with the world's best-selling electric car, Nissan LEAF. This pilot program, which puts six LEAF taxis into service beginning this spring, will help Nissan, the city, the taxi industry and the public understand how zero emission vehicles can be integrated into future taxi fleets.
  • New York (Apr. 22, 2013) - To celebrate Earth Day, Nissan and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today launched a new electric vehicle taxi pilot with the world's best-selling electric car, Nissan LEAF. This pilot program, which puts six LEAF taxis into service beginning this spring, will help Nissan, the city, the taxi industry and the public understand how zero emission vehicles can be integrated into future taxi fleets.
  • New York (Apr. 22, 2013) - To celebrate Earth Day, Nissan and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today launched a new electric vehicle taxi pilot with the world's best-selling electric car, Nissan LEAF. This pilot program, which puts six LEAF taxis into service beginning this spring, will help Nissan, the city, the taxi industry and the public understand how zero emission vehicles can be integrated into future taxi fleets.
  • New York (Apr. 22, 2013) - To celebrate Earth Day, Nissan and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today launched a new electric vehicle taxi pilot with the world's best-selling electric car, Nissan LEAF. This pilot program, which puts six LEAF taxis into service beginning this spring, will help Nissan, the city, the taxi industry and the public understand how zero emission vehicles can be integrated into future taxi fleets.
  • New York (Apr. 22, 2013) - To celebrate Earth Day, Nissan and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today launched a new electric vehicle taxi pilot with the world's best-selling electric car, Nissan LEAF. This pilot program, which puts six LEAF taxis into service beginning this spring, will help Nissan, the city, the taxi industry and the public understand how zero emission vehicles can be integrated into future taxi fleets.
  • New York (Apr. 22, 2013) - To celebrate Earth Day, Nissan and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today launched a new electric vehicle taxi pilot with the world's best-selling electric car, Nissan LEAF. This pilot program, which puts six LEAF taxis into service beginning this spring, will help Nissan, the city, the taxi industry and the public understand how zero emission vehicles can be integrated into future taxi fleets.
  • New York (Apr. 22, 2013) - To celebrate Earth Day, Nissan and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today launched a new electric vehicle taxi pilot with the world's best-selling electric car, Nissan LEAF. This pilot program, which puts six LEAF taxis into service beginning this spring, will help Nissan, the city, the taxi industry and the public understand how zero emission vehicles can be integrated into future taxi fleets.
  • New York (Apr. 22, 2013) - To celebrate Earth Day, Nissan and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today launched a new electric vehicle taxi pilot with the world's best-selling electric car, Nissan LEAF. This pilot program, which puts six LEAF taxis into service beginning this spring, will help Nissan, the city, the taxi industry and the public understand how zero emission vehicles can be integrated into future taxi fleets.
  • New York (Apr. 22, 2013) - To celebrate Earth Day, Nissan and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today launched a new electric vehicle taxi pilot with the world's best-selling electric car, Nissan LEAF. This pilot program, which puts six LEAF taxis into service beginning this spring, will help Nissan, the city, the taxi industry and the public understand how zero emission vehicles can be integrated into future taxi fleets.
  • New York (Apr. 22, 2013) - To celebrate Earth Day, Nissan and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today launched a new electric vehicle taxi pilot with the world's best-selling electric car, Nissan LEAF. This pilot program, which puts six LEAF taxis into service beginning this spring, will help Nissan, the city, the taxi industry and the public understand how zero emission vehicles can be integrated into future taxi fleets.
  • New York (Apr. 22, 2013) - To celebrate Earth Day, Nissan and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today launched a new electric vehicle taxi pilot with the world's best-selling electric car, Nissan LEAF. This pilot program, which puts six LEAF taxis into service beginning this spring, will help Nissan, the city, the taxi industry and the public understand how zero emission vehicles can be integrated into future taxi fleets.
  • New York (Apr. 22, 2013) - To celebrate Earth Day, Nissan and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today launched a new electric vehicle taxi pilot with the world's best-selling electric car, Nissan LEAF. This pilot program, which puts six LEAF taxis into service beginning this spring, will help Nissan, the city, the taxi industry and the public understand how zero emission vehicles can be integrated into future taxi fleets.
  • New York (Apr. 22, 2013) - To celebrate Earth Day, Nissan and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today launched a new electric vehicle taxi pilot with the world's best-selling electric car, Nissan LEAF. This pilot program, which puts six LEAF taxis into service beginning this spring, will help Nissan, the city, the taxi industry and the public understand how zero emission vehicles can be integrated into future taxi fleets.
  • New York (Apr. 22, 2013) - To celebrate Earth Day, Nissan and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today launched a new electric vehicle taxi pilot with the world's best-selling electric car, Nissan LEAF. This pilot program, which puts six LEAF taxis into service beginning this spring, will help Nissan, the city, the taxi industry and the public understand how zero emission vehicles can be integrated into future taxi fleets.
  • New York (Apr. 22, 2013) - To celebrate Earth Day, Nissan and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today launched a new electric vehicle taxi pilot with the world's best-selling electric car, Nissan LEAF. This pilot program, which puts six LEAF taxis into service beginning this spring, will help Nissan, the city, the taxi industry and the public understand how zero emission vehicles can be integrated into future taxi fleets.
  • New York (Apr. 22, 2013) - To celebrate Earth Day, Nissan and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today launched a new electric vehicle taxi pilot with the world's best-selling electric car, Nissan LEAF. This pilot program, which puts six LEAF taxis into service beginning this spring, will help Nissan, the city, the taxi industry and the public understand how zero emission vehicles can be integrated into future taxi fleets.
  • New York (Apr. 22, 2013) - To celebrate Earth Day, Nissan and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today launched a new electric vehicle taxi pilot with the world's best-selling electric car, Nissan LEAF. This pilot program, which puts six LEAF taxis into service beginning this spring, will help Nissan, the city, the taxi industry and the public understand how zero emission vehicles can be integrated into future taxi fleets.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg drove up to the news conference in Rockefeller Center that introduced the first-ever all-electric NYC taxi in the back seat of - you guessed it – an EV taxi. Nissan and NYC chose Earth Day, today, to launch a zero-emission taxi fleet.

The six donated vehicles begin a year-long pilot program as soon as next week, after installation of recharging units is completed. That includes charging units in the homes or garages of participating owner-operated taxis and fleets, and several fast-chargers in strategic spots around Manhattan, which can provide 80-percent battery power in around 30 minutes.

Taxis average 70-100 miles a day in NYC. The 2013 Nissan Leaf has an official EPA range of 75 miles (aka 84 miles), and probably more in the stop-and-go of urban traffic, thanks to regenerative braking, so drivers might not have to recharge at all during their shift. "We want to demonstrate that drivers can integrate the technology without losing business," said David Yassky, the city's taxi and limousine commissioner.

The first Nissan Leaf taxi driver, London-born Uppkar Thind, told me his 12-year-old son thinks the EV taxi is "cool," and that the vehicle is stable and sturdy. Thind was one of more than 100 owner-drivers and fleets who applied for one of six pilot program Leaf vehicles, which requires drivers to provide feedback to Nissan, the city and other governmental agencies and utilities. But that's a small price in return for avoiding the time and expense of gas pumps.

All participating drivers received training from Nissan on adapting their driving style for electric, including feathering both gas and brake to get full advantage from EV torque. All the pilot Leaf taxis are production models, to which meters and the taxi TV screens have been added.


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      Joeviocoe
      • 1 Year Ago
      to be honest, being in Manhattan... with as many places to go... I would say less than 1% of the fares will be going to the 3 nearby airports. It is just that freaking busy.
      Tysto
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like how that car is so busy telling you that it's zero emission that it forgets to tell you it's a taxicab. It looks like it *might* be a cab. Or it might be a shuttle for the Transit Authority. Or possibly a delivery vehicle for someplace called New York City Tacos.
      Joeviocoe
      • 1 Year Ago
      oh.... and cabbies have a million other things to be rude about. Only tourists take it seriously anymore.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Of course that is not going to reflect well on EVs. "The cabbie told me to shove off because his little EV could not make it to the airport!"
      Actionable Mango
      • 1 Year Ago
      I swear it wasn't that long ago that Nissan recommended against using the Leaf as a taxi because the doors, sets, etc., were not designed for that kind of heavy use.
      Joeviocoe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Trust me... NYC taxi drivers have no problem telling you to shove off if they don't want to go to LaGuardia or JFK that day. I suspect that most people going to the airport won't even bother to flag down a Leaf Taxi. Just like you wouldn't flag down a small taxi if you've got a lot of luggage either.
      Sasparilla Fizz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Year long eh? With the heat pump for heating now, then this should be okay. I was surprised at the mileage as well...in city driving is very suited to electrics. A quick charge at lunch time to get the range back up and it should be workable - using long term wouldn't be very good since the batteries aren't suited for high cycle use (as the Leaf taxi's in Osaka, I believe, already showed).
      Jesse Gurr
      • 1 Year Ago
      The taxis in Japan lost half their range after 2 years. i guess that is why nissan is only loaning these cars for one year? So they don't get the bad press with these cars losing a lot of range? who knows.
      SublimeKnight
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Taxis average 70-100 miles a day in NYC" I would have never guessed it was that low. LEAFs make a ton of sense then.
        ElectricAvenue
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SublimeKnight
        I expect that a good fraction of the day is spent stopped, or barely moving. In most cities the average speed on city streets is less than 20 mph. I'd imagine in Manhattan it's more like 10 mph. Actually, I don't have to imagine: everything you ever wanted to know is on the web. :-) From GPS receivers in taxis in Manhattan: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/24/nyregion/24traffic.html?_r=0 (click on the graph)
          Joeviocoe
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ElectricAvenue
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nissan_Leaf#Range This chart implies that on NYC bad weather days... the Taxi could get by with a fast charge in the middle of the day. Not good for longevity.
          DaveMart
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ElectricAvenue
          All day in the cold or heat in traffic jams is also going to kill the battery. This is using an entirely unsuitable design and can only show battery electric vehicles in a bad light.
          mustang_sallad
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ElectricAvenue
          I think I'm with you. The average daily mileage is a pretty good fit, but how are they going to handle the occasional fare who asks to be taken to the airport near the end of the day when the battery's almost empty? Sooner or later, they're going to have to turn down fares, and that's going to be an annoying experience for both the driver and the customer.
        throwback
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SublimeKnight
        That is for cabs in Manhattan, which I'm guessing is where these cabs will be restricted to. A run to Kennedy or LaGuardia airports would kill the battery. Even a run to Staten island would strain the battery range.
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