A green take on Earth Day came from Nissan as they donated 6 of their exemplary electric LEAF models as taxis to the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC).
The new electric cars added to the New York City Taxi fleet will be part of a pilot program to test the feasibility of integration with cycle of the taxi networks.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the introduction of zero-emission taxi fleet at a news conference held at Rockefeller Center.
The one year-long pilot program will be commenced by the next week as soon as the recharging units are installed. Mayor Bloomberg said that they are looking for taxis of the day after tomorrow.
By 2020, New York City will be having one-third of the taxis electric, and that Nissan’s initiative has taken the first step for achieving the goal, he stated.
Nissan is reputed in designing of electric vehicles and have a proven track record, he added.
David Yassky, TLC Commissioner, has been quoted as saying that the pilot is not intended for testing the cars, as he knows well about LEAF. Implementing charging stations is the main stake if electric vehicles are ever to include into the cab system, he said. NY has more than 13,000, that’s a huge number, but rolling out EVs’ as taxis should never choke to shuttle.
Fast charging stations can fill up 80 percent of battery in almost half an hour. And considering the EPA range, which is 84 miles, drivers might not be parking frequently in the middle of their shifts to recharge the car.