Special Offer Makes MV-1 Taxi Cheaper than Nissan NV200 Conversion
Company Matching City Program for Wheelchair Fares
Nissan has made much of its (relative) exclusivity as being the designated “Taxi of Tomorrow” of New York City. However, it doesn’t have a complete monopoly, as the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) also requires a certain percentage of the city’s taxis to be wheelchair accessible. Wheelchair-accessible conversions for the NV200 are available through qualified vehicle modifiers such as BraunAbility. However, the NV200’s small size limits the configurations to a rear-entry ramp. Many disability advocates and wheelchair users have expressed preference for a side-entry option like that offered by the Mobility Ventures MV-1. Taxi operators will now have an additional incentive to choose the MV-1 with a $14,000 grant from the TLC toward the purchase of an MV-1 or any other wheelchair-accessible vehicle.
In addition to the TLC grant, Mobility Ventures is matching the city’s $0.50 per passenger incentive for picking up wheelchair fares for a maximum eligibility of $7,800 in eligible payments. Act fast, though, as the offer only applies to the first 25 MV-1 Empire Taxi models sold. Although the NV200 conversion is also eligible for the $14,000 TLC grant, Mobility Ventures claims with the special price of $33,000 for the MV-1 Empire Taxi, the fullsize model is still more affordable to purchase than a converted NV200, even after factoring in the grant. Unlike the NV200, which requires a conversion to make it wheelchair-accessible, the MV-1 is built from the ground up as a wheelchair-accessible vehicle. Mobility Ventures is a wholly-owned subsidiary of contract and specialty manufacturer AM General.
Source: Mobility Ventures