Nissan has delivered special taxi packaged LEAF and e-NV200 electric vehicles to the first customers in the taxi fleets of Barcelona and Madrid in Spain. These quiet, zero-emissions vehicles will ply the streets of these two largest cities in Spain as taxi cabs for residents and tourists.
Madrid received its first Nissan LEAF taxi at an event in Puerta del Sol on the Zero KM point is located. The ZKM is the beginning point for the measurement of kilometer markers on all Spanish roads. The first LEAF taxi will be driven by Antonio Berzal Prieto, who chose the LEAF for his business because, he said, it's "highly competitive and the car's performance is excellent."
Over in Barcelona, Nissan also delivered the first of its all-electric taxi cabs. This is an important step in an agreement between the company and the City of Barcelona. The e-NV200 is built there and it was only appropriate, they believed, for the first taxi to come out of that factory to be used there as well.
Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Director of Electric Vehicles for Nissan Europe, welcomed the news, commenting: "Declining air quality levels are a top concern across Europe and it's great to see Madrid and Barcelona taking such positive steps in improving air quality through the incorporate of Nissan's all-electric cars into their taxi fleets. These taxi bring a huge benefit not only residents but also for the drivers - thanks to the ultra-low running costs only an electric car can offer. This scheme demonstrates that sustainable transportation is easy and affordable for everyone."
There were three e-NV200 Taxis delivered at the Expo-electric Formula-e event, a meeting on sustainable mobility in Europe. The delivery of the three cabs marks the first milestone in a memorandum of understanding signed last year between Nissan and the city of Barcelona.