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NY Taxi of Tomorrow is Finally Here Today

But controversy continues.

by on Sep.04, 2015

Hundreds of the Nissan NV200 Taxis of Tomorrow are already on the streets of New York.

After years in development, a tough shoot-out among competitors, and a series of legal challenges, New York City’s Taxi of Tomorrow is officially on the road.

But, in typically blasé Big Apple fashion, the formal launch of the modified Nissan NV200 vans has largely been ignored by city officials and taxi riders alike.

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The official transition comes five months after the April 2015 date set by the NY Taxi & Limousine Commission. And many of the city’s cab riders might not even notice the change, at least not immediately, as it could take several years before the Nissan yellow cabs dominate on city streets.

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Court Approves NYC’s Taxi of Tomorrow Plan

Ruling paves the way for future fleet of Nissan NV200s.

by on Jun.29, 2015

The New York Court of Appeals ruled that New York City can mandate that the NV200 be the city's only option for taxis in the future.

The State of New York’s top appeals court has ruled that New York City can launch an all-Nissan taxi fleet under its $1 billion contract with automaker. The court rejected the Greater New York Taxi Association’s argument that the city exceeded its authority to require a specific vehicle.

The full Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed an appellate court decision that the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission can require all cab drivers to operate the Nissan NV200 compact cargo vehicle, dubbed the “Taxi of Tomorrow,” when it was selected by the city in 2011 to replace the majority of its taxi fleet, which includes everything from Ford Crown Victoria sedans, Toyota Prius hybrids models and various kinds of minivans.

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The decision to standardize New York’s roughly 15,000 medallion taxi cabs has been resisted up until now by the taxi owners, who pay nearly $1 million for their medallions. The group said that it was disappointed by the ruling, but it was “time to move on,” and that it would not appeal the decision. (more…)

Nissan’s Taxi of Tomorrow Gets Go for Big Apple Debut

First NV200 hacks will hit the street in April.

by on Dec.22, 2014

Nissan has been fleet-testing its NV200 cabs at both its Arizona proving grounds - and in New York.

If you can make it there you can make it anywhere, or so Nissan is hoping as it gets ready to put the first of its NV200-based cabs out onto the sometimes mean streets of New York.

After a long and contentious debate, that included a series of legal challenges, the Big Apple’s Taxi & Limousine Commission has set April 20, 2015 as the start date for its Taxi of Tomorrow program. With only rare exception, most of the current New York cab fleet will have to be replaced when they retire with specially modified Nissan NV200 vans.

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The Japanese maker won a three-way shoot-out three years ago to replace the long-familiar Ford Crown Victoria as the taxi of choice for New York’s big yellow fleet. Proponents claim the new NV200 cab conversion offers a number of advantages, including more room and better visibility for passengers, and improved fuel economy for fleet operators.

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Courts Sideline NYC’s Taxi of Tomorrow

Mayor broke the rules in awarding contract to Nissan.

by on Oct.09, 2013

A Nissan NV200 Taxi of Tomorrow cruising in front of the Brooklyn Bridge.

New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg apparently didn’t play fair when it came to choosing the next generation of vehicles that would pick up fares across the Big Apple.

One of the billionaire mayor’s signature plans was to replace all of New York’s existing taxi fleet with a customized version of the Nissan NV200.  The van won a much publicized shoot-out sponsored by the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission that, in the final round, pitted Nissan against Ford and a start-up manufacturer from Turkey.

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But the plan was tossed out by the Manhattan Supreme Court which ruled that Bloomberg and the commission blithely ignored a key line in New York’s city charter which had been revised to require that all future cabs be equipped with hybrid powertrains.

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Nissan Under the Spotlight

It’s not all EVs.

by on Aug.26, 2013

Nissan is betting on innovation to help it gain market share and boost revenues.

For a while now, Nissan Motor Co. has been more or less defined by the huge bet on electric vehicles placed by Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn.

Nissan executives insist their electric vehicle initiative is doing fine but the company is actively pursuing bigger goals, ranging from expanding the global reach of its premium Infiniti Brand to supplying taxis to New York City to bolstering its position in the commercial vehicle market around the world.

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Meanwhile, Nissan’s sales have roughly doubled since 1999 when it was forced to turn for help to the French carmaker Renault, a partnership that ultimately led it back to financial health.

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Nissan Launching e-NV200 Battery Van

North American version likely after 2013 launch in Europe.

by on May.24, 2012

While production will begin in Europe a North American version of the e-NV200 battery van is likely to follow.

The self-styled leader in the emerging battery car field, Nissan is adding yet another electric model to its line-up.

The maker has confirmed it will produce a battery-electric version of its NV200 commercial van.  The big brother to the Nissan Leaf will initially be produced in Spain, starting in 2013, but a North American version is likely to follow, company sources told TheDetroitBureau.com, citing comments made by CEO Carlos Ghosn last month that the maker expects to offer an electric version of its so-called “Cab of Tomorrow” for New York City.

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Nissan will invest 100 million Euros, the equivalent of about $126 million, to add production of the e-NV200 at an assembly plant in Barcelona, adding 700 jobs in the process.

“The new model will offer all the spaciousness, versatility and practicality of a traditionally powered compact van, but with zero CO2 emission at the point of use and also provide an outstanding driving experience that is unique to EV’s,” said Executive Vice President Andy Palmer, who oversees the maker’s battery-car program.  “Crucially, it will also offer class-leading running and maintenance costs, which makes it an exceptionally attractive proposition to both businesses and families.”

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Yo, Taxi! New Yorkers Get Their First Look at the “Taxi of Tomorrow.”

Roomier, safer, and no more fighting over the center seat.

by on Apr.04, 2012

Nissan's new Taxi of Tomorrow in Times Square.

It’s as iconic a symbol of New York as the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and street vendors selling hot dogs.  But over the next several years the Big Apple’s classic yellow cab will get a decidedly different look.

No, it’ll stay as yellow as the mustard on those hot dogs, but starting in 2013 hack fleets will began phasing out the aging Crown Victoria and other recent cab models, replacing them with the so-called “Taxi of Tomorrow.”  That’s another way of saying a customized version of the Nissan NV2000.

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The Japanese maker won a three-way shoot-out last year that pitted it against Ford’s planned cab replacement, the Escape crossover, and another entry from a small firm in Turkey that proved especially popular with New York cab customers.

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Nissan Named NY’s Taxi of Tomorrow

Japanese maker overcomes challenge from Ford and Turkish challenger.

by on May.04, 2011

Nissan's Taxi of Tomorrow - a modified NV200.

After years of dominating the New York taxi fleet Ford Motor Co. will soon be driving off into the sunset. The domestic maker lost to Nissan in a shoot-out to determine who will become the Big Apple’s taxi of tomorrow.

The decision, which will see thousands of yellow Nissan NV200 vans roaming the streets of America’s largest city, was announced by the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission, along with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Nissan Americas CEO Carlos Tavares.

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“Nissan is proud to provide the next generation of taxis for the City of New York,” said the Nissan executive. “The NV200 taxi will give Nissan the opportunity to showcase our dedication to vehicle quality and urban mobility to more than 600,000 passengers every day.”

The deal, worth an estimated $1 billion over the next decade, could eventually lead to the complete replacement of the current NY hack fleet, which currently consists of 16 different models, from the once-ubiquitous Ford Crown Victoria to Honda minivans and Ford Escape Hybrids.

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