The Nissan NV200 may have lost its exclusive on being the only NYC taxi due to some ongoing wrangling among city departments, and obscure language about hybrid requirements and disabled accessibility, but regardless, it's still poised to be a common sight on the streets of the Big Apple in the near future. That reality is getting closer now that the plant in Cuernavaca, Mexico, has started building the taxi model. Unlike some past taxis that, aside from some heavy-duty brakes and engine cooling, were essentially identical to consumer models, with items such as partitions and other modifications fitted by the aftermarket, the NV200 Taxi will essentially be a turn-key package off the assembly line.
The features incorporated into the NV200 taxi were created with input from actual New York City taxi drivers, and a fleet of prototypes was put into service in the city, logging a cumulative total of 155,000 miles, to collect vehicle data to make further improvements and refinements to the finished product.
Among the taxi-specific features are unique driver's seat upholstery material, a driver and passenger intercom system, hearing loop capability for the hearing impaired, a rear mobile charging station with 12v and USB outlets, independent rear HVAC controls, and a transparent roof.