Nissan has unveiled a wheelchair-accessible NV200 Mobility NY Taxi at the ongoing 2013 New York International Auto Show. The wheelchair-accessible NV200 Mobility NY Taxi is considered a vital part of the carmaker’s "Taxi of Tomorrow" program. Nissan partnered with BraunAbility, an Indiana-based company specializing in wheelchair accessible vehicles and wheelchair lifts, to create a Nissan NV200 Mobility Taxi that features a rear-entry ramp and an industry-first integrated restraint system that allows a safe and quick securement of wheelchairs.
The Nissan NV200 Mobility Taxi looks and functions like a standard NV200 taxi, but offers mobility functionality.
To set the taxi’s mobility function into place, an operator just needs to flip down the second row seat back and then pull a release handle to tumble the seat forward.
After opening the wide rear doors, the operator just have to pull the fold-flat wheelchair ramp out and then unfold it. The operator is now ready to load the passenger! The wheelchair is secured with front and rear tie-down belts while the passenger is fitted with the lap and shoulder belt.
After the operator has properly loaded the passenger, the ramp of the Nissan NV200 Mobility Taxi folds up and stows in a vertical position. The process of unloading the passenger from the Nissan NV200 Mobility Taxi is easy as the operator just needs to reverse the steps.
After unloading the passenger, an operator just have to stow the ramp and return the second row seat to its normal position. The wheelchair ramp of the Nissan NV200 Mobility Taxi is 30 inches wide, with a ramp angle of 8.6 degrees, more than what Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations requires. The ramp is 72 inches in length and has a load rating of 800 lbs, around 200 lbs beyond the ADA minimum.