With all the legal maneuvering by disability and environmental advocates surrounding New York City's Taxi of Tomorrow program, some were wondering if and when the Nissan NV200 taxi would actually go into service. As of last week, that question has been answered, with the first official NV200 taxi delivering its first passenger on October 23. The first buyer, and holder of Medallion 7F20, Ranjit Singh, took delivery of his taxi from Koeppel Nissan in Queens on October 18.
Eight Nissan dealerships in the New York City area are authorized to sell the NV200 Taxi to medallion holders. The dealers are reporting great interest in the vehicle by taxi operators for its greater fuel economy, driver and passenger comfort and convenience features, and advanced technology, such as driver and rear-seat USB and 12-volt charging ports and easy-to-clean, anti-microbial upholstery.
A wheelchair-accessible model co-developed with Braun Corporation, an automotive mobility specialist, will be available starting in April 2014. In addition to New York City's taxi fleet, the Nissan NV200 is also going into service as the replacement for London, England's iconic Black Cab. The U.K. version is powered by a 1.5-liter turbodiesel I-4 with the choice of a six-speed manual or CVT automatic. The U.S. version gets a 131-hp, 2.0-liter gasoline I-4 paired exclusively with a CVT automatic transmission.