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Nissan NV200 Taxi of Tomorrow Becomes Taxi of Today April 20th

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Nissan NV200 Taxi of Tomorrow

The Nissan NV200 Taxi of Tomorrow will become NYC’s go-to cab on April 20th, 2015

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.

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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.

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  • Ronnie Ellen Raymond

    My name is Ronnie Ellen Raymond. I have been a resident of New York City for 40 years. I have been a disabled resident for 25 years. Today I am a wheelchair user. As a result, my transportation options are very limited. There is a lot of concern about Nissan being a rear entry vehicle and the safety of both the passenger and the driver. That is very important. But, the thing that everyone seems to have forgotten is that the WAV version of the NV 200 can accommodate only the passenger who uses a wheelchair and no one else. After a great deal of dissatisfaction that was expressed by advocates for the disabled and a court case defining the NV 200 as a van (and therefore requiring wheelchair accessibility as stipulated by the ADA), an agreement was made to allow one additional passenger to sit next to the driver on the other side of the partition. That means that the taxi cannot accommodate a family, a group of friends or business colleagues if one of them uses a wheelchair. I do not understand why those involved in making my transportation decisions imagine me going to a doctor with my aide rather than having an active and meaningful life like those who are not sitting in a wheelchair. I realize that the City made a billion-dollar commitment to Nissan in its 10 year contract. Is there no regard for the federal law? I was hoping that Mayor DeBlasio would champion this cause and require Nissan to comply with our laws and social expectations. There may still be time.