As New York retires the old Crown Victoria model taxis, a new replacement is taking to the streets. The 2015 Nissan NV200 minivan is the new, official taxi of Manhattan. April 20, 2015 is the official start date of New York’s ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ program. Shortly following its debut onto the streets of the United States, the 2015 Nissan NV200 will even be welcomed in Japan, starting in June 2015.
According to the Nissan Motor Corporation, the ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ has many features a normal taxi does not. With enough space in the luggage compartment to fit up to four large suitcases, passengers are welcomed with plenty of space. Sliding doors and electric slide steps allow easy access for those who may be too big, small, young, or old to enter or exit the vehicle by normal means. For those who always need to be connected, a 12-volt outlet is available for smart phones.
According to Nissan, more than 500 2015 NV200 models are already in service. The vehicle has been fitted for the city streets both in size and suspension. As the lone wolf authorized by the Taxi & Limousine Commission, the 2015 Nissan NV200 will soon fill the tightly packed city streets. We bid farewell to the old Crown Victoria models as they’re retired to make way for the ‘Taxi of Tomorrow.’
The bubbly yellow Nissan NV200 has been getting a lot of attention lately as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been attempting to establish a mandate that would require all NYC cab companies and drivers to make a switch to the Nissan taxi.
Bloomberg was hoping to require the swapping out of all 15,000+ taxis in the Big Apple to Nissan’s “Taxi of Tomorrow” within the next three-to-five years. As you can imagine, this subject has been a controversial one, regardless of the quality of the NV200.
Unfortunately for Bloomberg, his plans have encountered a major bump in the road—Supreme Court Justice Shlomo Hagler. Hagler has deemed that the mandate is an overstepping of boundaries, meaning that unless Bloomberg’s appeal can make it past the Supreme Court, there will be no requirement for NYC taxi drivers and companies to purchase the Nissan cabs.
Even if the mandate does not come to fruition the Nissan NV200s have gone on sale at New York dealerships, and some drivers have taken it upon themselves to purchase them anyway.
What do you think the New York justice system will rule about Bloomberg’s mandate? Will the Nissan NV200 end up being the Taxi of Tomorrow?
New York City’s next-generation cab is getting closer and closer to its debut in the Big Apple.
The Taxi of Tomorrow project by Nissan provides a groundbreaking model to help make the streets of New York a bit more environmentally friendly. The cab is based on Nissan’s NV200 van, providing an array of comfort and safety features for passengers. When the NV200 Taxi is deployed across the entire taxi fleet, five square acres of space will be freed up on city streets.
The Taxi of Tomorrow has the ability to be manufactured with fully electric power, making fuel efficiency optimum. This equates to lower fares for passengers as the lower costs imposed on taxi drivers will help reduce the need for future fare increases.
Nissan’s Taxi of Tomorrow is set to debut on the streets on New York in October 2013.