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NYC launching electric Nissan Leaf taxi pilot program on Earth Day

On Earth Day, Monday, April 22nd, New York City will launch a zero-emission taxi fleet. Okay, it’s just six Nissan Leaf vehicles and just a pilot project, but it’s a start.

Nissan is providing the vehicles, along with some fast chargers, so the test fleet doesn’t run out of juice and cause even more traffic gridlock (I live here, so I know about gridlock). According to Mayor Bloomberg’s office, this EV taxi pilot “will enable Nissan, the city, the taxi industry and the public to learn more about how to integrate electric vehicles as taxis.”

The Leaf, as we all know, is the world’s best selling five passenger all-electric zero-emission vehicle. Nearly 60,000 Leafs have been sold globally, but not many in New York City, where few apartment buildings have garages and few public garages have charging stations.


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