Nissan and New York City Launch Leaf EV Taxi Pilot
April 24, 2013 9:31 AM
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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
which won NYC's "Taxi of Tomorrow" contest.
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RE: pegging the battery?
4/24/2013 4:59:27 PM
You dont live in NYC obviously. 12 blocks is a mile.
In a city you drive fairly slowly, which is the sweet spot in terms of efficiency for electric vehicles. Also the electric car uses nothing at idle.
Many years ago, I talked at length with a veteran NYC cabbie who was driving a Toyota Prius. I asked him what he thought of the vehicle and he said he would never go back to a "normal" car because he loved the quietness of the car since it mostly ran in electric mode. Also there was no more vibrations and shuddering from the petrol engine and that was better for his back he said.
Imagine the total silence in the pure electric car. I think you'll find the same. The key is to make sure they have coverage of the fast chargers.
Would also be interesting to see if they modify the Taxi Leaf to add even more battery pack since it doesnt need much luggage space.
RE: pegging the battery?
4/25/2013 10:52:02 AM
Imagine the total silence in the pure electric car.
This. If you haven't driven in an electric car before please do. It's so nice to drive on the highway and only hear the music and not the grinding of an engine =)
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