Nissan NV200 Taxi of Tomorrow Becomes Taxi of Today April 20th
Whenever a product or concept is dubbed the “X of Tomorrow,” one tends to wonder if they have a particular tomorrow in mind. When Nissan launched production of the Taxi of Tomorrow back in August 2013, it was entirely likely that it had anticipated tomorrow would have already occurred sometime prior to today. After a number of legal hang-ups and hoops successfully jumped through, Nissan now knows when that nebulous “tomorrow” arrives: April 20, 2015.
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When the Nissan NV200 Taxi arrives in about four months’ time, it will become the lone non-hybrid or non-WAV cab option for New York drivers. To the end of becoming the more complete choice for taxi drivers, Nissan is working with BraunAbility to create WAV versions of the NV200, and its all-electric e-NV200 is in operation as a fuel-free cab option in various global markets and could become a viable option for drivers in New York.
A large point of contention that has held up the Taxi of Tomorrow has been its wheelchair accessibility, and Nissan has pledged that 50% of all NV200 Taxis produced by 2020 will be fully accessible.
As it stands, there are around 540 Nissan NV200 Taxis of Tomorrow in service in New York City. Once the Taxi of Tomorrow plan takes full effect, it’s expected that the NV200 will make up around 80% of the entire NYC cab fleet, according to the NY Times.
News Source: Nissan