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Published on February 13th, 2016 | by Cynthia Shahan


3 Million Nissan Electric Taxi Miles In UK, $400,000 In Savings

February 13th, 2016 by  

Originally published on EV Obsession.

Nissan LEAF and e-NV200 Combi electric vehicles (EVs) have become a standard — and a high standard in regards to environmental gain due to zero emissions — in UK private taxi fleets. Reports of over 3 million miles on British roads, according to Nissan, have been logged by such taxis. The electric taxis enjoy lucrative fuel savings in the UK as well giving comfortable rides, with cleaner air for riders and pedestrians alike.

The reports, “Nissan says that all told, these electric taxis have saved over $400,000 in fuel and maintenance costs for their owners.”


Comparing the environment gain, mile by mile, to the equal distance travel in a diesel vehicle, continues: “It would have cost an estimated $500,000 in fuel and maintenance costs, says Nissan.” As well noting that this is minus tons of carbon, “The automaker also claims 899 tons of carbon would have also been emitted into the atmosphere from diesel engines.”

There are so many well established Nissan taxi fleets the UK: Phoenix Taxis in Blyth, Northumberland; C&C Taxis in Cornwall; Premier Cabs in Blackpool; 203020 Electric in Dundee; eConnect Cars in London; and eCorporate Travel in Edinburgh. Those fleets have over 3 million miles between the six of them. They include 140 Nissan LEAF and e-NV200 electric vehicles.


Taxis see economic advantage with the running costs equal to around 2 cents per mile. Nissan estimates lucrative savings of $400,000 while covering 3 million miles in the LEAFs and e-EV200s, at costs of about $86,000. Despite fluctuations, the current average price for a gallon of diesel fuel in the UK is about $6.50 per gallon, as per to Of course, there is always the issue of dirty particulates lingering about from diesel vehicles as well. With no carbon emissions from the EVs, there have also been 899 tons of carbon emissions avoided. Well Done, Taxis!

“Operators across the UK have put them to the ultimate test — running them 24–7 and rapid charging them time and time again to keep them on the road and making money,” says Karl Anders, national EV manager at Nissan. “And no matter what challenges the vehicles have faced, they have come up trumps.

“As a result, we’ve seen more and more taxi operators seriously looking into electric vehicles as their existing diesel and petrol vehicles come up for replacement.”

Air quality will only keep improving as Nissan reports an increase in electric vehicles used in the UK and elsewhere.

Also to the UK’s benefit, Nissan employs people and provides tax benefits there, and it was recently announced the company would produce future-gen EV batteries there.

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  • celsiustempest

    So… $400K saved/140 cars= ~$2857 saved/car over ICE… and $5500 for the future battery replacement?
    Over halfway there.

  • wattleberry

    When we start seeing EV cabs in Spain’s Costa Blanca, where they’re forever banging on about the clean air, we’ll know their day has really come. As for PV roofs….

  • “Air quality will only keep improving as Nissan reports an increase in electric vehicles used in the UK and elsewhere.”

    Excellent way to close the article. I wish more emphasis was placed on air quality/pollution and less on green house gases and global warming. Clean air/anti-pollution is a great way to promote the adoption of EV’s IMHO. Everyone can get behind that movement.

    It’s hard to argue against having cleaner air to breath.

  • Martin

    Once city’s will have only non polluting traffic allowed in some parts, EV’s will get a boost.
    Another boost is, all the people using these taxi’s, some of them may get used tp them and end up buying an EV.
    Most important for the taxi owners- cost savings!
    If the UK would have a carbon tax things would change even faster.

    • Frank

      Better than the US. I saw gas for $1.39 a gallon. $6.50 is much higher, even considering it’s diesel. The gas taxes in the us only pay for about half the cost of roads. The rest comes out of the general fund. We sure could use more sensible policy.

      • Martin

        Well in the US , and other parts of the world, they believe in “free enterprise” as in businesses can get tax breaks, subsidies, from all the taxpayer to support what they do and at the same time get to pollute for free or almost free.
        In my way of thinking we need a carbon tax of near $ 100 ton, world wide, to get all of us off FF, including myself I still drive an ICE, but I do know that is wishful thinking on my part.
        I do live in BC, Canada, we have a carbon tax, but only at $ 30/t and almost all that money goes to tax reductions, over 90 %.

        • Otis11

          If we could even get a carbon tax of $1/ton – that would be a huge step. Just get something on the books. It’s much easier to argue we should raise an existing tax once we’ve established it (or better yet – swap a tax raise here for a tax break there…) than to implement a new one…

          • Martin

            A carbon tax of $ 1/ton would amount to only about $ 0.03 cents per liter or 0.11 c/gal.At that rate it would not even show up on the pump.
            In BC, Canada, we stared with $ 5/t and it had an effect on reducing fuel use.
            Right now with the low oil prices it would be the PERFECT time to add a carbon tax and people would not even notice.

          • Otis11

            Hey, a $5/t tax would be a great start… I’m just saying it might be easier to do it in 2 stages – get a $1/t tax (or any negligible tax amount) passed, then raise that tax.

  • JamesWimberley

    Why is takeup so slow? Much of the answer is the lack of a real policy lead from the town halls that license and regulate taxis. They have plenty of ways to support electrification, from symbolic nudges to outright prohibition of new ICE taxis. Electric ones work fine, time for some action.

    • sjc_1

      Range reduction over time could be one reason.

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