When New York City picked the Nissan NV200 as its Taxi of Tomorrow, many were surprised that the vehicle wasn't electric, or even a hybrid for that matter. With NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg on hand, Nissan celebrated Earth Day on Monday by unveiling a pilot program of electric taxis for the city consisting of six 2013 Nissan Leaf EVs, which the mayor referred to as the "taxi of the day after tomorrow."

This pilot program is aimed to show how EVs can operate as taxi cabs, and Mayor Bloomberg said that New York City hopes to have a third of its taxi fleet electrified by 2020. In addition to the six cars, Nissan has also provided three quick chargers around Manhattan, allowing the Leafs to get an 80-percent recharge in just 30 minutes.

According to David Yassky, commissioner of the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission, "What we have to do now is figure out how you integrate the charging of an electric vehicle into the duty of a taxi cab."

Scroll down for a press release about the pilot program as well as a video interviewing Mayor Bloomberg, Yassky and even one of the pilot drivers.


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Nissan, New York City Launch LEAF Electric Vehicle Taxi Pilot

New York – 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.

Joe Castelli, vice president, Nissan Commercial Vehicles said: "As part of our commitment to zero emission vehicles for the mass-market, Nissan is looking for ways to broaden the use of electric cars, including commercial applications like taxis. Following the selection of Nissan NV200 as New York City's Taxi of Tomorrow, our relationship with the city provides us the ultimate proving ground to conduct this LEAF taxi pilot to help optimize the use of electric vehicle technology for future applications."

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said: "Even though the Taxi of Tomorrow won't be on the road for another six months, we're already looking ahead to the taxi of the day after tomorrow. Nissan's proven track record with electric vehicles will put us ahead of the curve in helping us answer important questions about incorporating electric taxis into the fleet so that we can achieve the goal of a one-third electric taxi fleet by 2020."

As part of the pilot, Nissan and partners in New York City will also install several CHAdeMO-based DC quick chargers, which will enable drivers to re-charge their electric taxis quickly during their shift. With quick charging, Nissan LEAF can be recharged to about 80 percent in under 30 minutes.

About the 2013 Nissan LEAF
Now in its third model year, Nissan LEAF is the world's best-selling pure electric vehicle with nearly 60,000 cumulative sales worldwide. For 2013, LEAF features numerous customer-focused upgrades and is now being assembled at Nissan's plant in Smryna, Tenn. LEAF is powered by a responsive 80kW AC synchronous motor produced at Nissan's Powertrain Assembly plant in Decherd, Tenn., with energy supplied by an advanced 48-module lithium-ion battery assembled at Nissan's new battery plant in Smyrna.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com or visit the Americas media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.

About Nissan
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 248,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4.9 million vehicles in 2012, generating revenue of 9.4 trillion yen ($US 118.95 billion) in fiscal 2011. With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of 64 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero-emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades, including the prestigious 2011-2012 Car of the Year Japan and 2011 World Car of the Year awards. For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.


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      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      "What we have to do now is figure out how you integrate the charging of an electric vehicle into the duty of a taxi cab." What exactly have they been doing the last 10+ years if they were not planning for electric vehicles?!
      no1bondfan
      • 1 Year Ago
      If I were to catch a cab in Manhattan and the choice was between a Leaf and a Crown Vic, I'd take the Leaf just out of curiosity. Other than time lost recharging, these may end up with very high usage.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @no1bondfan
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      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      These NYC taxi topics always make me wonder about certain commenters: A. Actually native NYC residents B. Are just bandwagon haters from other states, never been to NYC C. Drive a car and never take a taxi D. Said car they drive is a foreign nameplate E. Just grumpy
      • 1 Year Ago
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      over9000
      • 1 Year Ago
      what a disgrace to NYC.... Nissan isn't even American.
        michigan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @over9000
        Do you have any idea what you're talking about?
        Fodder
        • 1 Year Ago
        @over9000
        As opposed to the Ford Transit that competed against it in the competition. Which is built in Turkey.
        El Angel
        • 1 Year Ago
        @over9000
        Your way of thinking is old. This is a world economy.
          lne937s
          • 1 Year Ago
          @El Angel
          @transam If they were to mandate American Made, that could be patriotic. If they mandate an American brand name, that doesn't necessarily mean anything, particularly foriegn designed, engineered and produced vehicles like the Transit Connect. If that were the case, Nissan/Toyota/Honda should just buy up old US brand names (Packard, Studebaker, etc.) and rebadge all there government contract cars: Boom, instant patriotism.
          transam
          • 1 Year Ago
          @El Angel
          over9000s way of thinking is not old at all. The fact that there is a world economy does not take away from the fact that government and public institutions (like the NYC taxi commission) should mandate US brands. Being patriotic is not old, its refreshing.
          Cayman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @El Angel
          @transam I think it's more important that the government and public institution mandate the best product for the task so that they can best service the people they are supposed to serve rather than picking an inferior product simply because the company that builds it has it's headquarters in this country. If an American company has a vehicle that does the job better, than that vehicle should be picked, but they shouldn't be picked simply becuase it's an American product.
        Gubbins
        • 1 Year Ago
        @over9000
        No, they just have multiple American factories, thousands of direct and non-direct jobs, suppliers, transport companies and pay tens of millions in taxes. But...Nissan isn't even American. Read much?
      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm all for EV promotion, but this stinks of rat. The NYX taxi commission places a seemingly arbitrary requirement of interior volume that excludes pretty much every viable candidate out other than the Nissan NV200. Now they make an earth day EV pilot program with the Nissan Leaf, which obviously requires an exception to the volume requirement. Someone on NYC taxi commission is on Nissan's payroll.
        lne937s
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        The LEAF is on the street now, the NV200 rollout starts in the Fall. By the time the fleet has shifted to NV200\'s the production NV200 EV will be out, with the next generation batteries. http://www.plugincars.com/fedex-testing-nissan-e-nv200-electric-cargo-vans-singapore-ahead-2014-launch-126999.html
      transam
      • 1 Year Ago
      \"many were surprised that the vehicle wasn\'t electric, or even a hybrid for that matter.\" What about those who were suprised that a domestic brand was not chosen? Private citizens should always have the choice to buy from the brand they choose, but any level of government or public institution should always use a vehicle built here from a domestic brand.
      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, why is Nissan the new NYC cab? Ugly as hell. What about Fusion Hybrid? Volt hybrid? They are certainlyl nicer looking. Who has an inside at the Taxi and Limousine commission? Hmmm...
      Uhwhat?
      • 1 Year Ago
      DING DING DING here comes the S#!T mobile! #whyjustwhy?
      canuckcharlie
      • 1 Year Ago
      What's with NYC taxi and Nissan?
      Shawn
      • 1 Year Ago
      You have to be pretty fearless to drive a cab in nyc without a partition
      DMS502
      • 1 Year Ago
      Horrible idea??? I love electric cars but they are not ideal for fleets... thats just common sense!
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