Still Yellow, but GreenerThe extended Crown Vic, with a big gas-guzzling V8 engine getting around 13-14 miles per gallon (MPG), has been the workhorse of the New York City taxi fleet for a long time. But that's about to change. The city has picked its next generation taxi, and Nissan won the contract for the biggest cab fleet in the country with the NV200. It should almost double the fuel efficiency of the Vic, reduce smog-forming emissions, and an electric version is in the pipeline. Read on for more details.
The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission has selected the Nissan NV200 as the exclusive taxi of New York City beginning in late 2013. Some technical and design highlights:
- 2.0L 4-cylinder powertrain, engineered to enhance the emission performance and fuel efficiency of the taxi fleet;
- Ample room for four passengers and their luggage, substantially improved over current taxi models;
- A low-annoyance horn with exterior lights that indicate when the vehicle is honking, helping reduce noise pollution;
- Sliding doors with entry step and grab handles, providing easy entry and exit;
- Transparent roof panel (with shade) that will provide unique views of the city;
- Independently controlled rear air conditioning with a grape phenol-coated air filter to improve cabin air quality;
- Attractive, breathable, antimicrobial, environmentally friendly and easy-to-clean seat fabric that simulates the look and feel of leather;
- Overhead reading lights for passengers and floor lighting to help locate belongings;
- A mobile charging station for passengers that includes a 12V electrical outlet and two USB plugs;
- A six-way adjustable driver's seat that features both recline and lumbar adjustments, even with a partition installed;
- Standard driver's navigation and telematics systems.
Key safety features include:
- Front and rear-seat occupant curtain airbags, as well as seat-mounted airbags for the front row;
- Standard traction control and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC);
- Sliding doors to reduce the risk of pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists getting struck by doors opening unexpectedly;
- Lights that alert other road users that taxi doors are opening.
With more than 13,000 taxis traveling a cumulative 500 million miles per year, the improvement in fuel efficiency and emissions, as well as the improved safety for the passengers and pedestrians & cyclists should make a pretty big difference to the impact that the fleet has. It'll be even better when the electric models come in 2017.
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