/IAA 2013: Nissan e-NV200 Electric Taxi

IAA 2013: Nissan e-NV200 Electric Taxi

Nissan e NV200 Electric Taxi 1 600x400 at IAA 2013: Nissan e NV200 Electric Taxi

A while ago Nissan introduced its electric-powered taxi concept based on the NV van, and since then they’ve been on a quest to take over the taxi business in major cities around the world. They already have a plan in place for the New York City, and now at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show they unveiled a new version of the Nissan e-NV200 Electric Taxi for the city of Barcelona.

It is a deal that makes a lot of sense for the Spanish city. The e-NV200 will be manufactured at the factory located in the Zona Franca in Barcelona from mid-2014 with an investment of 100 million euros and will create over 700 new jobs. And when it starts rolling to the streets, they get zero-emission public transport.

The Nissan e-NV200 Electric Taxi is based on the normal NV200 van models with the internal combustion engine ripped out. In its place you find the electric motor, batteries, and running gear from the Nisaan LEAF. The load space and interior of the car remain the same as the standard models, but the electric car is designed to have own unique character and appearance.

Nissan and Barcelona are also working on the deployment of a charging infrastructure for the e-NV200 taxi fleet. Nissan will contribute to installation of the necessary charging infrastructure for the city by providing CHAdeMO quick chargers, which go from 0-80% battery in just 30 minutes. The LEAF system does not have a reputation for holding its charge for a very long time, so it is vital to have a network of chargers in place before launching the car. By March 2014 Nissan will install over 1,200 quick charging stations across Europe.

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