Nissan unveils the e-NV200 electric van, prototype of Taxi of Tomorrow
Nissan's e-NV200 electric "multi-usage vehicle" (a.k.a. commercial van) was unveiled today in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show. It is an all electric version of Nissan's popular NV200 van, and is of particular interest as the chosen vehicle for New York City's Taxi of Tomorrow program.
The Taxi of Tomorrow program is meant, over a period of several years, to replace New York City's existing taxi fleet with vehicles purpose designed to serve as taxi's. An additional goal was for a portion of that taxi fleet to be zero emissions vehicles (electric). After a period of collecting requirements, and entertaining proposals from automakers, the New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission chose the NV200 with the understanding that beginning in 2017 they will begin to deploy electric NV200's in the fleet alongside gasoline powered NV200's. In the meantime a fleet of six Nissan LEAF's are being deployed in a couple months to Taxi service in New York City. (see NYC deploying six Nissan LEAF's in Taxi of Tomorrow pilot program)