Published on August 8th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen3
Nissan Wants Electric Taxis in London — One More Win for the e-NV200
Nissan has done quite a bit with the greener and cleaner side of public and private transportation. Between the Leaf and the e-NV200 and the assorted paraphernalia, Nissan has been showing up in various cities around the world to show the market that electric vehicles work perfectly well in the real world, thank you.
The company isn’t abandoning its conventionally-powered vehicles, though. The NV200 – the base for the electric version, of course – with its relatively low carbon emissions, has been tasked as the new taxi for London.
Carbon Emissions Down (But Not Out)
As CleanTechnica readers may know, the NV200 has already been hailed as New York’s “Taxi of Tomorrow.” The 1.5 liter 4-cylinder diesel engine with a six-speed transmission gets over 50 miles to the gallon, which is particularly helpful in determining its eligibility to scoot professionally around London. The fact that its carbon emissions are way below London’s traditional black cabs doesn’t hurt, either.
The regular version isn’t lacking in cargo or passenger space, but the London version is supposed to have room for 5 passengers (three way in the back, and two on fold-down seats facing the rear). That space will also be helpful for passengers with limited mobility and their equipment. The rear seat can be moved back and forth as well, to increase or decrease the amount of room devoted to luggage. There’s even no front passenger seat – that’s meant to carry more suitcases.
The most exciting part of the plans – and, of course, the part covered in the absolute least detail – is the inclusion of the electric version. The city of London and Nissan are collaborating to put electric taxis on the streets of London in the shape of the e-NV200. How awesome is that?
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