Nissan, New York City Launch Leaf Electric Vehicle Taxi Pilot

        Nissan, New York City Launch Leaf Electric Vehicle Taxi Pilot

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, April 22, 2013

NEW YORK, April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --To celebrate Earth Day, Nissan and
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today launched a new electric vehicle
taxi pilot with the world's best-selling electric car, Nissan LEAF. This pilot
program, which puts six LEAF taxis into service beginning this spring, will
help Nissan, the city, the taxi industry and the public understand how zero
emission vehicles can be integrated into future taxi fleets.



Joe Castelli, vice president, Nissan Commercial Vehicles said: "As part of our
commitment to zero emission vehicles for the mass-market, Nissan is looking
for ways to broaden the use of electric cars, including commercial
applications like taxis. Following the selection of Nissan NV200 as New York
City's Taxi of Tomorrow, our relationship with the city provides us the
ultimate proving ground to conduct this LEAF taxi pilot to help optimize the
use of electric vehicle technology for future applications."

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said: "Even though the Taxi of Tomorrow won't be on
the road for another six months, we're already looking ahead to the taxi of
the day after tomorrow. Nissan's proven track record with electric vehicles
will put us ahead of the curve in helping us answer important questions about
incorporating electric taxis into the fleet so that we can achieve the goal of
a one-third electric taxi fleet by 2020."

As part of the pilot, Nissan and partners in New York City will also install
several CHAdeMO-based DC quick chargers, which will enable drivers to
re-charge their electric taxis quickly during their shift. With quick
charging, Nissan LEAF can be recharged to about 80 percent in under 30

Video of the Nissan LEAF Taxi can be found at: 

About the 2013 Nissan LEAF
Now in its third model year, Nissan LEAF is the world's best-selling pure
electric vehicle with nearly 60,000 cumulative sales worldwide. For 2013, LEAF
features numerous customer-focused upgrades and is now being assembled at
Nissan's plant in Smryna, Tenn. LEAF is powered by a responsive 80kW AC
synchronous motor produced at Nissan's Powertrain Assembly plant in Decherd,
Tenn., with energy supplied by an advanced 48-module lithium-ion battery
assembled at Nissan's new battery plant in Smyrna.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering,
consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and
manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the
Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the
Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. More
information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and
Infiniti vehicles can be found online at and or visit the Americas media sites and

About Nissan
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is
headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
Operating with more than 248,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers
with more than 4.9 million vehicles in 2012, generating revenue of 9.4
trillion yen ($US 118.95 billion) in fiscal 2011. With a strong commitment to
developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a
comprehensive range of 64 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A
pioneer in zero-emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction
of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle
and winner of numerous international accolades, including the prestigious
2011-2012 Car of the Year Japan and 2011 World Car of the Year awards. For
more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable
mobility, visit our website at

SOURCE Nissan North America

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