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Nissan LEAF Does Duty as Taxi in NYC Pilot Program

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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.

We know Nissan’s NV200 is “the Taxi of Tomorrow” for New York City, but the Nissan LEAF might also get a slice of the yellow-car pie.

According to the press release from Nissan, the automaker and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg celebrated Earth Day on Monday, April 22 by launching a pilot program that will put six Nissan LEAF EVs on the streets of the city as zero-emission taxis. The goal is to “help Nissan, the city, the taxi industry and the public understand how zero emission vehicles can be integrated into future taxi fleets,” the release said.

Nissan Vice President of Commercial Vehicles Joe Castelli 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.”

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.”

The release said Nissan and its EV partners in NYC would install “several CHAdeMO-based DC quick chargers” that would allow taxi drivers to quickly recharge their LEAF taxis to about 80% of their total driving range in less than 30 minutes.

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