Madrid Going All In On Electric Taxi Fleet

Nissan and Madrid’s La Ciudad del Taxi announced at the Madrid auto show that they have entered into an agreement that will provide 110 Nissan LEAF automobiles to be used as taxis in Spain’s capitol city. The Nissans will be equipped with the company’s latest battery technology, a 30 kWh unit with a range of 107 miles.

Nissan electric taxi

The LEAF is ideal for taxi service in a congested city like Madrid. Its compact size makes it easy to maneuver in traffic and its low operating costs are appealing to fleet operators. On average, the cost of electricity and maintenance for a LEAF is about 25% of what it would be for a conventional taxi with an internal combustion engine.

The Nissan LEAF is the best-selling EV in the world with more than 220,000 sold worldwide. Nissan has delivered almost 800 electric vehicles to taxi owners and operators across Europe. The top three markets for Nissan electric taxis include the Netherlands, Britain, and Spain. The city of Amsterdam has 100 Nissan LEAF and e-NV200 taxis on the road. Budapest has 65 LEAF taxis.

Gareth Dunsmore, Head of Electric Vehicles, Nissan Europe said: “Cities across the globe are facing huge challenges in terms of poor air quality and increasing greenhouse emissions. Adding zero emission vehicles such as the Nissan LEAF to taxi services operating in major cities is vital step to tackling these challenges head on.

“La Ciudad del Taxi shares the same pioneering spirit as Nissan and I am thrilled to see the city of Madrid at the forefront of the electric revolution with this landmark deal that will see more than 100 Nissan LEAFs providing clean, sustainable taxi services for people across the city.”

Jesús Ramos Fernández, president of La Ciudad del Taxi, had this to say at the auto show. “This operation will set the standard for the mobility of the future as far as the taxi industry is concerned. Zero emission transport will play a large role in this sector and this fleet deal with Nissan will help put Madrid at the forefront of sustainable mobility services.”

Madrid is actively seeking to lower its carbon emissions. The regional government has pledged more than $2 million to support  sustainable 100% electric and zero emission mobility. Some of that money will be made available to taxi drivers in Madrid. The City Council for Madrid says it is ready to install charging infrastructure throughout the capitol city.

Source and photo credit: Electric Cars Report

Steve Hanley

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