“Wizzy” The Nissan LEAF Taxi Surpasses 100,000 Miles −

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Published on May 29th, 2015 | by Christopher DeMorro


“Wizzy” The Nissan LEAF Taxi Surpasses 100,000 Miles


There have been a lot of questions both inside and outside of the auto industry regarding the longevity of electric car batteries. Well “Wizzy” the Nissan LEAF has been in service as a taxi in St. Austell, UK, has surpassed 100,000 miles since July of 2013, and its original battery pack, like 99.99% of the rest, is still going strong.

wizzy-nissan-leaf-2Relegated to daily taxi use, Wizzy has carried some 25,000 fares in its two years of service yet is still on its original set of brake pads and the original battery. Even hitting 100,000 miles though, the battery still has 98% of its total battery life left. We’ve seen similar stories from owners of the Tesla Model S, with some already pushing well past the 100,000 mile mark.

Mark Richards, Fleet Manager of C&C Taxis, the company that owns Wizzy, estimates that going electric saves about £8,500 (about $13,000) per year in fuel bills and maintenance costs. With five other LEAFs and a e-NV200 Combi in the electric taxi fleet as well, the savings add up to over $90,000 per year. “It’s no exaggeration to say Wizzy has transformed our business,” says Richards. Other electric taxi fleets are popping up all over the place, using everything from the Chinese-built BYD E6 to the Tesla Model S.

Once word gets out just how much money taxi companies can save by going electric, I expect we’ll see even more electric taxis hitting the road.


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  • Nick Tesla

    The “98%” indicated on the dash is the state of charge (SOC), *not* the battery capacity. Since the capacity display shows 12 bars still, the car has no more than 15% capacity loss, but that’s still a far cry from 2%…

    • BlackTalon53 .

      Yes, I remember reading about that taxi on another EV website weeks ago … IIRC they measured the battery and it barely retained above 85% capacity. Still pretty impressive though.

  • evfan

    I always enjoy reading EV success stories. When the long awaited 200 mile EVs are available, stories like this will become common.

    It seems to me this particular vehicle is an outlier. This taxi must do service in a very unusual setting.

    If the car has 100k miles and collected 25k fares, then its average ride is only 4 miles. No, wait … let’s assume after dropping off a rider, the taxi drives around for a mile before it picks up the next ride, then the average fare ride is only 3 miles.

    That is incredible short if I think of my taxi rides, which is typically from the airport to a downtown hotel, and always considerably longer than 3 miles, regardless of the city I am visiting.

    Again, this is good news, but this particular vehicle is an outlier.

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