Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

CleanTechnica

Cars

Nissan Leaf Taxi Pilot Launched In New York City

This article originally appeared on EV Obsession.

Nissan and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg have now officially launched the NYC Nissan Leaf pilot program, setting the 6 Leaf taxis loose on Earth Day.

“This is at least the second public taxi test of the Nissan Leaf,” Nicholas notes over on sister site Gas2.

Nissan, New York City Launch Leaf Electric Vehicle Taxi Pilot. (PRNewsFoto/Nissan North America)

Nissan, New York City Launch Leaf Electric Vehicle Taxi Pilot. (PRNewsFoto/Nissan North America)

Of course, the issue with taxis is that they can be in constant use, so quick-charging technology may be needed in some situations (in order to make the most of the cars). Thus, Nissan and “partners in New York City” are installing a number of CHAdeMO-based DC quick chargers that can charge the Leaf about 80% in 30 minutes.

Joe Castelli, vice president of Nissan Commercial Vehicles, said: “As part of our commitment to zero emission vehicles for the mass-market, Nissan is looking for ways to broaden the use of electric cars, including commercial applications like taxis. Following the selection of Nissan NV200 as New York City’s Taxi of Tomorrow, our relationship with the city provides us the ultimate proving ground to conduct this LEAF taxi pilot to help optimize the use of electric vehicle technology for future applications.”

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.”



With this exciting news, AutoblogGreen also added some rather humorous history that I think you’ve got to read:

Apparently, electric vehicles have long tempted drivers to go faster than the law allows. According to a historical tidbit on Today I Found Out, the first-ever speeding ticket handed out in the US was given to a New York City cabbie driving a battery-electric car, all the way back in 1999.

Of course, life was a little slower then, so the illegal speed was just 12 miles an hour. This is how fast the Electric Vehicle Co.’s Jacob German was hauling down Lexington Avenue in his cab on May 20, 1899 – four mph above the legal speed limit. Not only was he stopped by a cop, he was also apparently thrown in jail for his offense. [Note: 1999 should be 1899]

 
 
Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica member, supporter, or ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
 
Sign up for our free daily newsletter to never miss a story.
 
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

New CleanTechnica Podcasts

Written By

Holds an electronic's engineering degree and is working toward a second degree in IT/web development. Enjoy's renewable energy topic's and has a passion for the environment. Part time writer and web developer, full time husband and father.

Comments

#1 most loved electric vehicle, solar energy, and battery news & analysis site in the world.

 

Support our work today!

Advertisement

Power CleanTechnica: $3/Month

Tesla News Solar News EV News Data Reports

Advertisement

EV Sales Charts, Graphs, & Stats

EV Press Releases

Advertisement

Our Electric Car Driver Report

30 Electric Car Benefits

Tesla Model 3 Video

Renewable Energy 101 In Depth

solar power facts

Tesla News

EV Reviews

Home Efficiency

You May Also Like

Cars

The German passenger plugin vehicle (PEV) market started the year like it ended the last one — on fire — with registrations doubling to...

Cars

The French electric vehicle market is more exciting than it's ever been, as plugin vehicle share reaches 12%.

Clean Transport

A couple weeks ago, Edmunds predicted that 2021 would be a record year for electric vehicle sales, rising from 1.9% of sales in 2020...

Cars

Volvo XC40 PHEV wins January in reshuffled market.

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.