Nissan and La Ciudad del Taxi have announced the world’s largest 100% electric taxi fleet deal that will see 110 Nissan LEAF 30 kWh vehicles providing taxi services in Madrid.
Announced at the Madrid Motor Show, the agreement signed between Nissan and La Cuidad del Taxi will introduce electric taxis into the Spanish capital, putting Madrid up there with other like-minded capital cities such as Amsterdam (earlier post), which has taken delivery of 100 Nissan LEAFs and e-NV200s, and Budapest with 65 LEAFs.
The Nissan LEAF has sold more than 220,000 units sold globally. The new LEAF 30 kWh offers a range of up to 250 km (155 miles) on a single charge, making it an ideal taxi vehicle and its size, comfort and performance are well-suited to urban environments. In addition to its zero emission benefits, the Nissan LEAF also offers running costs four times cheaper than that of a conventional combustion engine and up to 40% savings in maintenance costs.
The electric taxi market in Europe is growing quickly as taxi operators switch on the benefits of zero emission mobility. Nissan has sold almost 800 electric vehicles (LEAF and e-NV200) to taxi owners and operators across Europe and the top three markets for Nissan electric taxis include Netherlands, UK and Spain.
The Region of Madrid is demonstrating its commitment to electric mobility, with a grant program scheduled to be presented in June, for which industry professionals including taxi drivers will be eligible. In addition, the Regional Government is Spain has pledged €2 million (US$2.2 million) in support.
Madrid City Council has also confirmed it is ready to install charging infrastructure across the capital.
La Ciudad del Taxi has been operating in the Region of Madrid for more than 10 years and is committed to beginning a change in the taxi industry with the inclusion of 110 electric taxis. Taxi Eléctrico provides all its users with:
Trips in 100% electric vehicles.
Free Wi-Fi for users.
A free app exclusively for electric cars, with a direct relationship between the user and the driver.