NYC Yellow Taxis Go Green on Earth Day
On Earth Day, New York City’s iconic yellow taxis are going green. With an initial rollout of six taxi versions of the Nissan Leaf this spring, the pilot program is part of an effort to replace one third of the city’s taxis with electric vehicles by 2020. City officials and Nissan made the announcement today.
"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," said Joe Castelli , vice president, Nissan Commercial Vehicles. "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."
Nissan is providing the vehicles free of charge for one year. The automaker has also has agreed to install some quick charging stations which will enable the taxis to be recharged to about 80 percent in under 30 minutes.