Nissan is taking on new challenges. The car company has recently won an invitation to tender to become NV 200 New York’s official taxi vehicle. In addition, in this bid, the company is going to use the Nissan Leaf for this bid.
The New York Taxi and Limousine Commission has announced that the Japanese automaker said the Nissan Leaf EVs would be plying taxi routes for the pilot project for a year. For its part, Nissan would be giving out six EVs to any owner-drivers who are interested in the program. This may be a good way to advertise the vehicle, there is more to the program than this.
Nissan is gathering information on the performance and other factors on how the Nissan Leaf can manage in a very demanding industry in one of the biggest cities in the world. It is after all living up to its billing as “the world’s first affordable, zero-emission car.” The electric vehicle is an all electric hatchback able to seat five adults and has a range of 100 miles on a single charge.
Aside from the environmental benefits with the Nissan Leaf electric vehicles, the vehicles are quieter and more energy efficient. It is able to utilize 100% of its torque available from a standing start, allowing for better low speed performance. There is also no loss in energy, as there are no gears to shift when accelerating, making for a smoother ride. It is also quick to respond when the accelerator is pressed. This high efficiency in energy use and low speeds when in use is ideal for New York traffic, which is renowned for its snarls and other jams.
The steering is smooth and solid with traction control, vehicle dynamic control and electronic brake force distribution help keep the car safe on icy or wet surfaces. The car also has a low center of gravity because the heaviest part is the battery, often situated in the middle of the vehicle. This makes the set up and the safety usable in the icy and wet road conditions of metropolitan New York.