Last week, Montréal, Québec, enjoyed the launch of Canada’s first all-electric taxi service. Taxelco and partner Nissan showed the company’s style and novel form — the taxi’s look — with the fleet’s first vehicles and the service’s communication platform.
I love the agile, relaxed, sporty look of Nissan LEAFs (inside and out). So no surprise to me that, for the first all-electric vehicles in its Montréal fleet, Taxelco team members chose Nissan as one of three automobile manufacturers to partner with. (The wide availability and low cost of the LEAF was probably also a big consideration.) The purchase of 24 2016 Nissan LEAFs for the taxi service has many more people appreciating Nissan’s smooth style. The roomy inside with good view will have passengers at ease.
NissanNews.com shares more info. “Nissan is delighted to have been chosen as a partner and supplier of electric vehicles for Montréal’s electric taxi pilot project,” said Christian Meunier, president of Nissan Canada Inc. “The Québec EV market is a priority for Nissan because over 50 percent of Nissan LEAF vehicles sold in Canada are sold in Québec.”
“This announcement is a huge milestone for Montréal’s taxi industry. Our new electric taxi project is called Téo, which stands for Transport Écologique Optimisé, or optimized environmental transportation,” said Alexandre Taillefer, Managing Partner at XPND Capital. “The service officially launches on November 26 of this year when a fleet of 50 taxis begin driving the city streets. We plan to have about 2,000 in circulation by May 2019. We are fortunate to have partnered with all-electric car manufacturers such as Nissan, and we are confident that these zero-emission vehicles will meet the needs of both taxi drivers and their customers.”
“It’s inspiring to see that companies such as Taxelco want to make the taxi industry more profitable as well as improving its environmental footprint by using fully electric vehicles. Together, we are proud to show that emission-free driving makes sense from a cost of ownership perspective, and also helps to achieve healthier and more habitable cities. This is clear proof not only that many Quebecers recognize the huge cost-savings in owning a Nissan LEAF, but also that the electric vehicle market is developing strongly, especially in this province,” concluded Meunier.
Last fall, the new 30-kWh-battery 2016 Nissan LEAF showed up not only with eye-catching style, but as a more reasonable EV with a best-in-class range of 172 km (107 miles), a 27% increase over the earlier 24 kWh battery. The new model is equipped with a standard Quick Charge Port on all models as well. The 30-kWh battery is standard for LEAF SV and LEAF SL models, but the 24 kWh is still the base option on the S.
The 2015 LEAF that I drive is so user-friendly that I wonder how it can be more so. Yet, NissanNews.com informs us that the 2016 model also offers an enhanced IT system that is even more user-friendly and gives drivers greater vehicle connectivity.
Nissan LEAF launched in December 2010 as a relatively advanced, affordable, smooth EV. NissanNew.com does not overstate the pure truth: “Nissan has been the global leader in electric vehicle (EV) sales, with an all-electric car specially designed for the mass market. The Nissan LEAF has proven itself in Canada and especially in Québec, where sales have tripled in the past two years.” For good reason, the LEAF is a light-footprint, beautiful experience in travel and driving.
While the Nissan LEAF has a fine quality of drive and ride, cutting emissions is the larger story that makes for and intends to improve the quality of air and life. An article published on sister site CleanTechnica, “Autonomous Electric Taxis Could Cut GHG Emissions Tremendously,” shares some support for the concept: “The findings at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)… ‘found that the per-mile greenhouse gas emissions of an electric vehicle deployed as a self-driving, or autonomous, taxi in 2030 would be 63% to 82% lower than a projected 2030 hybrid vehicle driven as a privately owned car and 90% lower than a 2014 gasoline-powered private vehicle.’ ”
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