On August 16, Nissan Motor Corporation announced that of the 70 new electric taxi licenses administered in 2016 by the city of Florence, Italy, 67 or 90% of them were for the Nissan Leaf.
The electric taxi market in Europe has been expanding with an increasing number of businesses taking advantage of the merits of zero emission mobility. Nissan has already sold over 1,000 units of the Leaf and e-NV200 to taxi drivers and companies in Europe, led by its three major markets, the Netherlands, the UK and Spain.
Through this initiative, Florence accompanies Madrid, Spain and Budapest, Hungary as one of the leading providers of EV taxis.
With over 277,000 units in global sales, the Nissan Leaf is the top-selling electric vehicle in the world. The latest Leaf featuring a 30kWh battery provides a cruising range of 250km. According to Nissan, the Leaf offers four times less running costs and reduced maintenance costs compared with traditional vehicles.
Written by Minoru Moriwaki
(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)