Nissan Makes The World’s Largest Electric Taxi Fleet Deal
At the recently held Madrid motor show 2016, it was announced that La Ciudad del Taxi have entered into an agreement with Nissan that sees 110 Nissan LEAF to serve as taxis in the city of Madrid. This will be the world’s largest all electric taxi fleet. Cities like Amsterdam and Budapest have also taken deliveries of Nissan electric vehicles such as LEAF and e-NV200. The Madrid City Council has also confirmed that it will be installing charging infrastructure across the city as well. The regional government has pledged an amount of €2 million, supporting the cause of zero emission mobility.
The Nissans will be equipped with the company’s latest battery technology, a 30 kWh unit with a range of 107 miles. The LEAF model is ideal for taxi service in a congested city like Madrid. Its compact size makes it easy to maneuver in traffic and its low operating costs are engaging to fleet operators. On average, the cost of electricity and maintenance for a LEAF is about 25 percent of what it would be for a conventional taxi with an internal combustion engine.
The automaker is calling the transaction ‘the world’s largest 100 percent electric taxi fleet deal’. They also says that they has sold almost 800 electric vehicles (LEAF model and e-NV200 model) to taxi owners and operators across Europe and the top 3 markets are Netherlands, UK and now Spain.
The deal coincides with Madrid’s upcoming grant program for electric vehicles scheduled presented in June. Taxi drivers are expected to be eligible to the program.