Nissan says it will provide Madrid taxi company La Ciudad del Taxi with 110 new Nissan LEAF 30 kWh vehicles to provide zero-emission taxi services in what Nissan says is the world’s largest electric taxi fleet deal.
Announced at the Madrid Motor Show, the agreement signed between Nissan and La Cuidad del Taxi will introduce electric taxis into the Spanish capital, aligning Madrid with other like-minded capital cities, such as Amsterdam, which has taken delivery of 100 Nissan LEAF and e-NV200, and Budapest with 65 LEAF vehicles.
“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,” says Gareth Dunsmore, head of electric vehicles for Nissan Europe.
“This operation will set the standard for the mobility of the future as far as the taxi industry is concerned,” says Jesús Ramos Fernández, president of La Ciudad del Taxi. “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.”
According to Nissan, the new LEAF 30 kWh is an ideal taxi vehicle as it offers a range of up to 250 km on a single charge and its size, comfort and performance are well suited to urban environments. Further, the Nissan LEAF also offers running costs four times cheaper than that of a conventional combustion engine and up to 40% savings in maintenance costs.
The Madrid City Council has also confirmed it is ready to install charging infrastructure across the capital.