Taxi Electric, a taxi company based in Amsterdam, will be the world’s first privately run company to use Nissan’s new e-NV200 to shuttle people around the city. Taxi Electric already use a fleet of 25 Nissan LEAFs successfully in the city.
It was only last week that we reported on how Nissan had unveiled their production e-NV200 at the Geneva Motor Show after extensive tests on pre-production models with companies such as Coca-Cola, IKEA and FedEx. There has always been plans afoot to use the e-NV200 as a basis for a taxi company, with Nissan even going as far as to mock up a modified e-NV200 as a classic London ‘hackney carriage’.
The Taxi Electric cabs are more likely, we believe, to look like standard New York taxis than the ‘black cab’ above. Ruud Zandvliet, founder of Taxi Electric added: “Two years ago we started with 10 Nissan LEAF. Each of these travelled well over 100,000 km and proved to be extremely reliable. Since last summer demand for our taxis is growing rapidly which allowed us to double our fleet. We are very excited about the e-NV200 as it is designed to be a taxi. This will improve our offering and open new business opportunities for us.”
Taxi Electric, while the first private company to run these vans as taxis will will not be alone in using them for long.The city of Barcelona has signed a memorandum of understanding with Nissan to use the van as a taxi too. If all goes to well with these two schemes, plus London introducing them as a clean ‘black cab’, travellers across Europe could get used to seeing these electric taxis wherever they go as Nissan expands its production.
Production of the Nissan e-NV200 begins in May this year, with sales starting in the summer. The e-NV200 has CHAdeMO rapid charging allowing it to be used all through the day in areas with a good rapid charging infrastructure. But with Hertz on Demand possibly pulling out of EV rentals due to the cost of charging now being implemented by some companies, will taxi companies want to use the public infrastructure or will they be forced to roll out their own recharging locations?
Andy Palmer, EVP Nissan said: “Taxi Electric was one of the first electric taxi companies in the world, and I’ve been impressed with their progress since their launch two years ago. They were the first to prove that zero-emission taxis – in the form of Nissan LEAFs – are a viable alternative. They have covered an astonishing distance in their fleet in such a short time and have shown just how reliable our electric technology is in a demanding environment. Their pioneering spirit closely matches ours and we are certain they will continue their success with the ground-breaking Nissan e-NV200.”
Would you use a taxi company that had EVs over one that didn’t? What is your view on the e-NV200 being used as a taxi? Would you be prepared to pay extra for an EV taxi? Let us know below.
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