Fully electric Nissan LEAFs have been used by more than 70 taxi drivers in Mexico as part of a pilot program that was launched in 2011. This program aims to show off the technology used on this car. It also demonstrates how the Nissan LEAF functions in different driving conditions in Mexico.
According to Mexico City taxi driver Cristóbal Reynoso, the Nissan LEAF is very easy to drive and is a totally automatic car with no gear shifting required. He described the steering to be “very soft” and also that it has functional mirrors and comfortable cars. In central Mexico City, there are 20 Nissan LEAF taxis.
In addition, there are 50 located in Aguascalientes, another Mexican state. It also has an expanding charging infrastructure to support operations of EV mobility in two locations, which include the first public electric vehicle quick-charging station in Latin America announced in late 2012. Reynoso also said that the drivers’ reaction is highly positive since it’s a new car and there are just 20 LEAFs in Mexico City.
He said that he gets much satisfaction from passengers having so many questions about car’s speed, handling, charging, and features. The LEAF taxis are included in a program named Zero Emissions Taxis. The use of these 70 electric taxis means that three tons of CO2 emissions were prevented from entering the atmosphere. This would have been what 70 conventional cars had emitted.
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Nissan LEAF boasts a frontal styling that’s characterized by a sharp and upright V-shaped design, which features long, up-slanting LED headlights. These headlights, with blue internal reflective design, seemingly says "This car is special" and were created to split then redirect the airflow away from the car’s door mirrors and thus reduce drag and wind noise. Moreover, these headlights consume just 10% of the electricity that conventional lamps use up, helping the Nissan LEAF achieve world-class range autonomy.
What’s more, the LEAF creates a stylish and pleasing cabin environment through its interior’s bright trim colors. It features an environment-friendly "blue earth" color theme that came from the Nissan LEAF introductory model’s Aqua Globe body color. This theme is then carried into the LEAF’s interior, with its blue dashboard highlights as well as blue instrument lighting.
Furthermore, the Nissan LEAF uses an advanced and exclusive IT system. This system connects to a global information or data center and can provide drivers with information, entertainment, and support, 24 hours a day. Meanwhile, the dash-mounted monitor shows the LEAF's remaining power and "reachable area," as well as a selection of charging stations within the vicinity.