Wednesday 12 December 2012
NISSAN has developed an all-electric rival for the traditional London Black Cab.
The Nissan e-NV200 is an electrically driven, purpose-built taxi that complies with all the Transport for London (TfL) regulations regarding taxis.
The e-NV200 concept will be trialled in London next year and has been developed from the traditionally-powered NV200 light van and taxi. It has been designed with the passengers and driver in mind and looks set to replace the capital’s traditional LTI black cab as the official London taxi. Nissan has long been involved with the London Taxi, supplying the 2.7-litre diesel engine currently found in the LTI.
The NV200 and e-NV200 will be built at Nissan’s factory in Barcelona (where it will also be trialled as a taxi) and exported across the world. The van features sliding rear doors, to make ingress and egress easier for passengers as well as being safer for other road users as the doors do not open into the road. The black cab is famous for having an incredibly tight turning circle – just 25 feet – and the e-NV200 matches this, which means it will be able to negotiate the tight confines of the city with great ease.
Nissan’s e-NV200 will produce no tailpipe emissions at all and this has always been a criticism aimed at the LTI cab – that its CO2, Nitrous oxide and particulate emissions have been too high. This contributes to the poor air quality that many cities around the world face.
London Mayor, Boris Johnson said: "Improving air quality in London is one of the most important challenges I face as Mayor. Having taken the significant step of introducing the first age limit for taxis in London, I am absolutely delighted that manufacturers are stepping up to the plate and are responding to the challenge I set in my air quality strategy to reduce taxi emissions and improve efficiency. I look forward to when a fully competitive model comes to market."
By James Richardson
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