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.
With around 13,000 taxis covering a collective 500 million miles annually, creating a taxi with supreme robustness is vital to the development approach. Gleaning on its full range of commercial vehicle history, which includes offering taxis for cities around the world, Nissan will organize important validation testing for the Nissan NV200 Taxi before its world market release. Furthermore, as recognized by Mayor Bloomberg during the May 2011 pronouncement, the Taxi of Tomorrow will be recognized in history as the first New York taxi to be crash-tested with taxi equipment inserted that also includes the partition.
Nissan has also joined forces with the Braun Corp., the pioneer in automotive mobility merchandise, to originate, orchestrate, and generate an innovative solution for a wheelchair-accessible taxi in New York. Leaning on Braun’s ingenuity and know-how in the mobility industry, Nissan will provide a mobility solution to New York medallion holders when the taxis become available to the market in 2013.
Nissan is also collaborating with the City and taxi owners on a pilot scheme to research the use of zero-emission, electric cars as taxis, as part of the Taxi of Tomorrow agenda. Nissan will generously supply six 100-percent electric Nissan LEAFs and three Level 2 charging stations to taxi owners and New York City, with no charge at all, to evaluate the electrification of the taxi fleet.
The all-new Nissan NV200 Taxi will soon be produced in North America at Nissan’s manufacturing center in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Total manufacturer suggest retail price (MSRP) of the taxi, with all arranged standard features, will be around $29,700.