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Electric taxi pilot will be supported with new quick charger installations

Nissan and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a new partnership this week that will see an electric vehicle taxi pilot being conducted in New York City. Nissan and New York City plan to put six electric Leaf taxis into service starting this spring.

The goal of the program is to understand how zero emission vehicles can be integrated into the city's future taxi fleet. Nissan and partners in New York City plan to install several CHAdeMO-based DC chargers to support the charging of the electric taxis. These quick chargers will be able to charge the Leaf to 80% capacity in under 30 min.

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."

The Leaf is Nissan's only completely electric vehicle. Nissan cut the base model price for the Leaf by more than $6000 bringing the purchase price to $28,800 before the $7,500 federal tax credit is applied. The driving range for the Nissan Leaf depends on terrain and driving style, typically varying between 70 and 100 miles per charge.
The Leaf taxis will join Nissan's NV200 which won NYC's "Taxi of Tomorrow" contest.

Source: Nissan

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RE: pegging the battery?
By SublimeSimplicity on 4/24/2013 11:25:15 AM , Rating: 2
A NYC taxi averages 100-120 miles a day. They spend tons of time creeping along and waiting for customers. Manhattan is only about 15 miles end to end.

RE: pegging the battery?
By Shig on 4/24/2013 11:51:26 AM , Rating: 2
^ this

Electric cars barely use any energy when in gridlock.

RE: pegging the battery?
By heffeque on 4/24/2013 2:20:22 PM , Rating: 2
Remember that winters are pretty harsh in NY and that both heating and air conditioning work with the battery. In Japan, this same "experiment" isn't going that well. Some taxi drivers actually put blankets in their taxis :-S I'm all for trying to stop environment pollution but... I'm not sure 100% battery powered cars is the answer.

RE: pegging the battery?
By SublimeSimplicity on 4/24/2013 2:29:07 PM , Rating: 2
The 2013 LEAFs use a heat pump setup instead of the traditional A/C + heating element (2011 & 2012 model years). The new heater is on par in efficiency with the A/C now.

Batteries though don't perform as well in cold weather, losing some degree of capacity in cold temps (like 10% at 0 degrees).

RE: pegging the battery?
By TacticalTrading on 4/24/2013 5:00:03 PM , Rating: 2
A heat pump for heat.
If you say it is more efficient, that's great.
But a heat pump is AC running backwards, and I know that my car gets 1 or 2 fewer miles to the gallon when the AC is running.
I bet these things will go forever on a perfect spring or fall day.

RE: pegging the battery?
By Kanon25 on 4/24/2013 5:07:57 PM , Rating: 2
Those batteries are fairly good down to about about 35-38 farenheit or so. New York is has windy humid winter weather but the cold snaps are fairly short. It feels cold in NYC because of the wind chill factor more than actual deep cold. I wouldnt think cold weather will be much of a factor. And in the spring/summer/fall no problem at all.

If you are talking Montreal or Toronto, ok that's another story.

RE: pegging the battery?
By CaedenV on 4/24/2013 2:16:23 PM , Rating: 2
OK, 1 recharge per day is not nearly as bad as I thought it would be.

RE: pegging the battery?
By Mint on 4/24/2013 8:16:10 PM , Rating: 2
The other thing is that even if the battery dies sooner, it's because you're putting more miles on it and saving more gas, so it's probably still worth it to replace the batteries twice as often.

Anyway, there's a reason it's a trial at this point. Potentially there can be some very tangible benefits in the air quality of that relatively small area breathed in by millions.

RE: pegging the battery?
By aliasfox on 4/26/2013 2:59:06 PM , Rating: 2
I think it could work, as long as drivers know how to use them. Something like a 30-45 min lunch and bathroom break and 30-45 mins between drivers would probably keep the batteries charged enough throughout two 8-10 hr shifts a day, every day.

Actually, taxi use would likely be the best usage scenario for modular and replaceable batteries. You have hundreds/thousands of identical vehicles that are always in the same area, so the battery packs always stay in NYC. The cars never have to drive too far, so even if a modular pack is only good for 50-100 miles, they drivers are always close to a station. Unplugging a battery pack and plugging a fresh one in would take maybe five minutes, about the same as a fuel stop, so it's no more of a hassle.

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