Overturning a lower court decision, a New York appeals court has given its blessing to the ambitious, if controversial, NY Taxi of Tomorrow project that could soon see fleets of Nissan NV200s prowling the streets of the Big Apple.
The decision is a setback for taxi operators who had wanted more flexibility when it comes to the hacks they purchase, but it’s certainly good news Nissan which was given the lucrative 10-year contract in 2011, beating out bids from Ford Motor Co. and a little Turkish company that had developed a vehicle specifically for the city contract.
The project ran into a roadblock when a lower court sided with opponents of the Taxi of Tomorrow plan. Among other things, drivers were concerned they would spend too much on fuel because the NV200 isn’t a hybrid. (more…)