When the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) first announced its "Taxi of Tomorrow" initiative in 2011, many wondered what form the final vehicle would take. Several proposals were submitted, including the Ford Transit Connect and a Turkish-built model called the Karsan V-1, with the Nissan NV200 emerging as the ultimate winner.
Such a sweeping mandate requiring a single specification of vehicle was unprecedented and was soon challenged by a number of parties, including disability advocates, as well as some city government officials that noted the Nissan NV200 was not currently offered with a hybrid. Earlier this week, New York state appeals judge David Saxe ruled the Taxi of Tomorrow initiative is a "legally appropriate response" the TLC's statutory obligation to produce modern taxi to meet the broader public interest, Reuters reports.
Nissan has not issued an official statement on the ruling, other than company spokesperson Travis Parman saying the company was "pleased" with the outcome. Saxe said concerns about the Nissan NV200 taxi not offering a hybrid or handicap-accessible model did not justify wholesale rejection of the TLC's ruling and that the vehicles could be modified to meet the requirements. A spokesperson for the Taxi and Limousine Commission said they were pleased with the latest decision but that they expect the appeals and challenges to continue.