Nissan unveils electric London taxi
Based on the NV200 compact van, it features bespoke panels designed to make look like the iconic London black cab, in line with feedback from the Mayor of London, Transport for London and other organisations involved in the project.
The electric version will be based on the e-NV200, which shares its drivetrain with the Nissan LEAF, and will be deployed in an unnamed UK city starting next year.
Both comply with TfL regulations for taxi cabs, including a 25-foot turning circle, and are a collaborative project between Nissan’s design centre in London and technical centre in Cranfield. The taxi will be available via a bespoke new Glyn Hopkin dealership in Canary Wharf.
Design Excellence Manager at NDE, Darryl Scriven, said: ‘The main challenges were concerned with making sure customers can easily recognise it as a taxi. Being in London, we were able to go out and talk to cabbies about what was important to them as well as look at the vehicle from a customer’s viewpoint. It’s unusual for us to be able to work on something as bespoke as this, specifically for one location in the world and we are very proud to have been asked to do so.’
Nissan is engaged in four global taxi projects, including Barcelona, Tokyo and New York, where the NV200 has been named as the city’s Taxi of Tomorrow – a replacement for the city’s traditional yellow cab.