European taxi companies are shifting to Nissan Leaf

Article by Anita Panait, on May 29, 2013

More and more taxi companies across Europe are shifting from diesel-powered cabs to zero-emission Nissan LEAF taxis. Taxi companies are not the only ones who are starting to prefer these electric vehicles, but taxi drivers as well. The reason is simple but true – Nissan LEAF taxis boast of lower running costs and fulfill their dream of lower airborne pollution in cities.

Two years after its launch in Europe, Nissan LEAF taxis could now be seen plying the roads of Germany, Holland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In fact, Amsterdam-based Taxi-E has become one of the strongest supporters of Nissan LEAF taxis.

Taxi-E currently owns a fleet of 13 Nissan LEAFs, all of which combined have covered over 700,000 kilometers. The company quick-charges the units two or three times a day using 100 percent green energy, making them always ready to ferry in and out passengers.

Ruud Zandvliet, one of the people behind Taxi-E, noted that Amsterdam has around 3,000 taxis, which means that while the company’s fleet is helping cut emissions, there is “obviously” room to reduce them further. Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland, will soon see some Nissan LEAF taxis taking passengers around the area.

This is because later this year, 10 Nissan LEAFs will ply on Zurich’s streets supported by a network of city-wide fast chargers, as part of the city's bid to have electric cabs account for 15 percent of its taxi fleet by 2015. The Nissan LEAF has proven to be popular with European taxi owner-drivers, who consider running costs, fuel bills and maintenance down time as critical to their success.

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