Today, Nissan announced a deal to provide 110 Nissan LEAFs with the new 30 kWh battery pack to La Ciudad del Taxi, a Madrid-based taxi company. The automaker is calling the transaction “the world’s largest 100 percent electric taxi fleet deal”.
The new 30 kWh battery pack option for the 2016 models gets 107 EPA-rated miles on a single charge.
It looks like Nissan is referring to a single purchase of an electric taxi fleet since other cities and taxi companies have growing all-electric fleets like Schiphol Airport’s 167 Tesla Model S taxis in Amsterdam, or Montreal’s growing fleet of Soul EV and Tesla Model S via Taxelco.
Nissan made the announcement at the Madrid Motor Show. Gareth Dunsmore, Head of Electric Vehicles for Nissan Europe, said:
“Cities across the globe are facing huge challenges in terms of poor air quality and increasing greenhouse emissions. Adding zero emission vehicles such as the Nissan LEAF to taxi services operating in major cities is vital step to tackling these challenges head on.
“La Ciudad del Taxi shares the same pioneering spirit as Nissan and I am thrilled to see the city of Madrid at the forefront of the electric revolution with this landmark deal that will see more than 100 Nissan LEAFs providing clean, sustainable taxi services for people across the city.”
The automaker says that it has sold almost 800 electric vehicles (LEAF and e-NV200) to taxi owners and operators across Europe and the top three markets are Netherlands, UK and now Spain.
La Ciudad del Taxi’s President, Jesús Ramos Fernández, also commented on the announcement:
“This operation will set the standard for the mobility of the future as far as the taxi industry is concerned. Zero emission transport will play a large role in this sector and this fleet deal with Nissan will help put Madrid at the forefront of sustainable mobility services.”
The deal coincides with Madrid’s upcoming grant program for electric vehicles scheduled to be presented in June. Taxi drivers are expected to be eligible to the program.