Nissan LEAF and e-NV200 Combi electric vehicles (EVs) have become a standard — and a high standard in regards to environmental gain due to zero emissions — in UK private taxi fleets. Reports of over 3 million miles on British roads, according to Nissan, have been logged by such taxis. The electric taxis enjoy lucrative fuel savings in the UK as well giving comfortable rides, with cleaner air for riders and pedestrians alike.
The Ngt.news reports, “Nissan says that all told, these electric taxis have saved over $400,000 in fuel and maintenance costs for their owners.”
Comparing the environment gain, mile by mile, to the equal distance travel in a diesel vehicle, Ngt.news continues: “It would have cost an estimated $500,000 in fuel and maintenance costs, says Nissan.” As well noting that this is minus tons of carbon, “The automaker also claims 899 tons of carbon would have also been emitted into the atmosphere from diesel engines.”
There are so many well established Nissan taxi fleets the UK: Phoenix Taxis in Blyth, Northumberland; C&C Taxis in Cornwall; Premier Cabs in Blackpool; 203020 Electric in Dundee; eConnect Cars in London; and eCorporate Travel in Edinburgh. Those fleets have over 3 million miles between the six of them. They include 140 Nissan LEAF and e-NV200 electric vehicles.
Taxis see economic advantage with the running costs equal to around 2 cents per mile. Nissan estimates lucrative savings of $400,000 while covering 3 million miles in the LEAFs and e-EV200s, at costs of about $86,000. Despite fluctuations, the current average price for a gallon of diesel fuel in the UK is about $6.50 per gallon, as per to Ngt.news. Of course, there is always the issue of dirty particulates lingering about from diesel vehicles as well. With no carbon emissions from the EVs, there have also been 899 tons of carbon emissions avoided. Well Done, Taxis!
“Operators across the UK have put them to the ultimate test — running them 24–7 and rapid charging them time and time again to keep them on the road and making money,” says Karl Anders, national EV manager at Nissan. “And no matter what challenges the vehicles have faced, they have come up trumps.
“As a result, we’ve seen more and more taxi operators seriously looking into electric vehicles as their existing diesel and petrol vehicles come up for replacement.”
Air quality will only keep improving as Nissan reports an increase in electric vehicles used in the UK and elsewhere.
Also to the UK’s benefit, Nissan employs people and provides tax benefits there, and it was recently announced the company would produce future-gen EV batteries there.