On treehugger appeared an article that quoted- still yellow, but greener – about the New York City taxis.
Why did they say this? Because New York City Taxi and Limousine Commision have selected Nissan NV200 as the exclusive taxi in the city beginning in late 2013.
The extended Crown Vic with its big gas-guzzling V8 engine and getting around 13-14 miles per gallon, has been the workhorse of the New York city fleet for a very long time and served all this time. Now is time to move for a new and greener generation of taxis and the city picked up the greener Nissan NV200. With this choice it should almost double the fuel efficiency of the Vic, the smog-forming emissions will be reduced, and an electric vehicle model is in the pipeline till 2017.
Until Nissan the first electric vehicle model will be on roads let’s see the most interesting advantages and characteristics of the greener Nissan NV200:
– a unique view of the city by transparent roof panel (with shade);
– sliding doors with entry step and grab handles with easy entry and exit which reduce the risk of pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists getting struck by doors opening unexpectedly;
– lights that alert other road users that taxi doors are opening.
– improved cabin air quality by an independently controlled rear air conditioning with a grape phenol-coated air filter;
– attractive, breathable, antimicrobial, environmentally friendly and easy-to-clean seat fabric that simulates the look and feel of leather;
– overhead reading lights for passengers and floor lighting to help locate belongings;
– a mobile charging station for passengers that includes a 12V electrical outlet and two USB plugs;
– standard driver’s navigation and telematics systems and also standard traction control and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC);
This first replacement of New York taxi fleet with Nissan NV200 will improve the fuel efficiency and emissions as well as the improvement of passenger and pedestrians and cyclist. Can you imagine that more than 13,000 vehicles cumulate 500 million miles in a year? Even better quality of environment will be when the taxi fleet will have electric vehicle version by 2017.