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?
4/26/2013 2:59:06 PM
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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