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Barcelona Leads Global Rollout of Nissan’s New Electric Taxi

FRANKFURT, Germany, September 23, 2013 (ENS) – Nissan, maker of the world’s most popular electric car, the LEAF, rolled out its second electric model at the biannual Frankfurt Motor Show, which closed Sunday after a packed 10-day run.

At the show, Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn presented the Nissan e-NV200 electric taxi for Barcelona in the presence of Barcelona Mayor Xavier Trias.

With a population of 1.6 million, Barcelona is the first city in the world to commit to employing the Nissan e-NV200 as publicly accessible transport. China’s automaker BYD also makes electric taxis.
Nissan electric taxi

Nissan’s second electric vehicle, the e-NV200 taxi (Photo courtesy Nissan)

Nissan and Barcelona City have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the use of electric vehicles as taxis and as delivery vehicles by improving the quick charging network and enabling privileges for drivers of the zero emission vehicles.

Barcelona will lead the global rollout of the new e-NV200 electric taxi, which will begin production in 2014 in that city. The Nissan e-NV200 will be manufactured at the factory located in the Zona Franca in Barcelona from mid-2014 with an investment of 100 million euros and will create over 700 new jobs.

Ghosn said at the Frankfurt Motor Show, “We applaud Barcelona city for making this clear commitment to integrating the revolutionary Nissan e-NV200 electric vehicle into the city’s taxi fleet. We are delighted that the city where we will build this new vehicle is leading the way in promoting clean transportation for the benefit for all its citizens and visitors.”

The factory in Barcelona will be the single global manufacturing plant for the e-NV200; vehicles will be exported to other big cities around the world.

“The e-NV200 is a revolutionary product that will make zero emission taxis and goods delivery vehicles a reality in cities across the globe from next year,” Ghosn said.

The new electric light commercial vehicle is based on Nissan’s award-winning NV200 van, which also is built in Barcelona. It combines the architecture of the NV200 with the electric drivetrain from the Nissan LEAF.

Power is supplied is by a lithium-ion battery composed of 48 compact modules and a high-response 80kW AC synchronous motor that generates 207 lb-ft of torque. Unlike an internal combustion engine, the e-NV200′s motor delivers 100 percent of its torque from a standing start.

In a news conference at Frankfurt, Mayor Trias and Andy Palmer, executive vice president of Nissan, the mayor called the agreement “a step forward to reinforce the role of Barcelona as a leading city in zero-emission taxis and urban goods distribution.”
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