The Nissan Leaf has gone into service as a taxi in such urban centers as Amsterdam, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, and New York City. The Swiss city of Zurich can now be added to that list. The urban stop-and-go environment that typifies taxi service is well-suited to electrics, which are much more efficient in congested urban environments than conventional internal-combustion-powered vehicles.
Thanks to the efforts of Swiss young adults from 20-30 involved in the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community. The fleet of Leafs in Zurich will start with 10 vehicles, with 10 more being added later in 2013. By 2015, the plan is to have a network of quick-chargers throughout the city that would allow the batteries to be charged from 30 to 80 percent in 15 minutes.
The Global Shapers received support from Nissan Europe for the initiative. Electrified versions of the Nissan NV200 van were also showed. The NV200 was coincidentally chosen as New York City’s Taxi of Tomorrow, and will begin service in the Big Apple in 2013. The NV200 was selected in September 2012 to be the exclusive taxi for the city as fleet of Ford Crown Victorias are gradually replaced.