A few months ago, we ran an article that highlighted New York City’s taxicab-hybridization plight. However, it appears as though steps are being taken in the right direction…
The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission has chosen the Nissan NV200 Minivan to be its next taxicab, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a few weeks ago.
According to CNET.com, the Nissan NV200 will join the taxi fleet in New York City and will be the official taxicab for the city for the next 10 years. By 2018, all taxis currently on the road, including the newer hybrid taxis, will be phased out – ushering in a new, eco-friendly public transportation experience.
As part of the deal, Nissan is also providing the city with up to six plug-in electric Nissan Leaf cars to be used as test vehicles by taxi owners interested in going all-electric. Nissan will also install charging stations within the city for easy accessibility.
With New York City’s goal of eventually making its fleet of more than 13,000 taxis all-electric, the Nissan NV200 will be equipped with 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder power train, with the option of converting them into plug-in electric vehicles.
The car’s moon roof feature, probably designed with tourists in mind, will allow for easy viewing of the city’s iconic skyscrapers. Extra features will include 12-volt outlets, and USB ports for electronic device charging and usage.
The Nissan NV200 taxicab will join New York City’s current fleet of taxis in 2013.
– Kane Carpenter