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In Spring 2012, NYC will receive six Nissan Leaf EVs as part of a test program to see how well all-electric vehicles would operate in the busy city

New York City will soon receive six new cabs in the form of Nissan Leaf electric vehicles (EVs) come Spring 2012.

Back in 2007, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that all NYC cabs would be hybrids by 2012. This green effort was further accelerated later in 2010 when Ford decided to close its Canadian plant that produced both the Crown Victoria and the Lincoln Town Car. Having to say goodbye to the traditional Crown Vic cab meant looking to other models, and Bloomberg was determined to make hybrid and electric vehicles the replacements.

New York City has since placed Camry Hybrids, Highlander Hybrids, Altima Hybrids and Escape Hybrids on its streets, and now, a new all-electric member will make its way onto NYC's busy roads: the Nissan Leaf.

In Spring 2012, NYC will receive six Nissan Leaf EVs as part of a test program to see how well all-electric vehicles would operate in the busy city. The Leaf has range of about 62 to 138 miles per charge, but a serious problem has been the lack of charging stations placed throughout the city.

However, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission has announced that chargers will be placed at fleet garages, the homes of Leaf owners, and possibly in airport holding lots.

"This program is a real test with unknown results," said the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, addressing the upcoming unknown participants in the program. "We have worked to plan for the 'what if,' but there most likely will be bumps in the road. We want this program to be successful and hope that it will help lead to broader electric vehicle applications in the taxi industry, but we will need your patience and assistance to get there."

All six Leafs will be split up into pairs of two amongst three fleet-operators. Each pair will contain a single medallion, meaning that there will never be any more than three Leafs on the road at once.

While placing six Nissan Leafs is a great achievement for Nissan, the company also won the NYC "Taxi of Tomorrow" contest with its NV200 earlier this year.

Sources: NYC.gov, Jalopnik





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