New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission voted to make the Nissan NV200 “Taxi of Tomorrow” van its next official taxi, a deal that will grant the right to provide the city’s cabs for a decade.
Set to start in 2013, the automaker’s van will begin replacing retiring taxis in a move that will reduce carbon emissions in the city. Powered by a 2.0-liter four cylinder engine, the car will be more efficient than current taxis.
Apart from offering mileage improvements to the city’s taxi fleet, Nissan is also working with Braun Corp., one of the world’s largest mobility product providers, to make the city’s taxis more wheelchair accessible.
Now that the deal is official, Nissan says it is beginning testing to ready its van for service before it goes on sale. Those trials will include crash testing with all the cab’s equipment intact including the partition — a first for New York’s taxis.
But the features don’t stop there. Other notable features include a “low-annoyance horn” that also flashes the vehicle lights to make repeated honking less necessary and a Hearing Loop system for hearing impaired customers and independently-controlled rear air conditioning.