Saturday, February 13, 2016

Nissan electric taxis clock up three million miles in the U.K.

The all-electric LEAF hatchback and e-NV200 Combi passed the landmark mileage this month...

There are currently more than 140 Nissan EV taxis in operation across Britain, with dozens more on order....

Had the same distance ... been covered in the diesel vehicles the Nissan EVs replaced, it would have cost an estimated £350,000 in fuel.... 899 tonnes of carbon would also have been generated.  However, with average running costs of just two pence per mile, covering three million miles in the LEAFs and e-NV200s would have cost around £60,000 – a ...  saving of £290,000.  With zero tailpipe emissions, the models would also have emitted no carbon during operation.

During their time in taxi and private hire service, both the LEAF and e-NV200 have proved their durability, reliability and cost efficiency time and time again.

At least four LEAF taxis have passed the 100,000 mile mark with more than 30 having covered over 30,000 miles.   The first LEAF put into service by C&C Taxis in Cornwall passed 100,000 miles without losing a single bar of battery life and on its first set of brake pads.  The average Nissan EV taxi is rapid charged (a process taking as little as 30 minutes from zero to 80%) hundreds of times a year with minimal degradation.  Many Nissan EV taxi drivers are taking home thousands of pounds extra per year as a result of fuel savings. At 203020 Electric, in Dundee, for example, drivers are between £120 and £130 a week better off.

Karl Anders, National EV Manager at Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd, said: “no matter what challenges the vehicles have faced they have come up trumps."
Nissan UK Insider January 19, 2016

In a separate news story at the company notes that two years after the ground-breaking EV went on s ale in Europe, Nissan LEAF taxis are now operating in Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Portugal, Spain and the UK. And more are on the way!

One of the strongest advocates of the Nissan LEAF as a taxi is Amsterdam-based Taxi-E company. With a fleet of 13 Nissan LEAFs, the firm’s drivers have covered over 434,000 miles...

The cars are quick-charged two or three times a day using 100 per cent green energy, meaning they’re always ready for passengers.

One of the entrepreneurs behind Taxi-E, Ruud Zandvliet, said: ‘Amsterdam has some 3,000 taxis, so while our fleet is helping to reduce emissions, there is obviously room to reduce these even further.’

Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich, will soon have a fleet of pure-electric Nissan LEAF taxis moving people around the city. Later this year, ten Nissan LEAFs will hit the road supported by a network of city-wide fast chargers as part of Zurich’s plans to make 15 per cent of its taxi fleet electric by 2015
‘LEAF is incredibly luxurious and taxi drivers – notoriously unhappy with change – love the way LEAF drives. The gadgets available via the steering wheel also help make drivers’ lives easier. With real-time savings of £5,000 a year in fuel, we’re expanding our fleet and will have 15 LEAFs on the road by summer 2014.’

In Portugal, the first country to sell Nissan LEAF in Europe, Lisbon-based owner-driver José Ferreira replaced his diesel-powered taxi with a Nissan LEAF. He has driven more than 9,300 miles so far, covering 50-60 miles a day, and reveals that 70 per cent of his customers liked the experience so much they would actively choose to ride in an electric taxi.

Fuel and running costs are the biggest factors for taxi owner-drivers, meaning every Euro counts. Owner-driver Roberto San José from Valladolid, Spain has spent just £1,540 on electricity to power his Nissan LEAF for more than 47,000 miles. Fuel for a diesel-powered car would have cost more than £8,550, saving Roberto more than £7,000.

Taxi bosses at Prima Clima are making their mark on the taxi business in Hamburg, Germany, with a fleet of four LEAFs. Liveried in the world-famous, pale-yellow body colour of all German taxis – with contrasting doors displaying blue skies and clouds – this fleet is backed by the city’s council and supported by 50 EV charging points and two quick chargers.

Globally, Nissan LEAF-based taxis are helping to cut pollution on the streets of New York, Rio de Janeiro and many cities in Japan.
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