Nissan’s NV200 and e-NV200 are set to be used at the official taxi in Barcelona, Spain as the city strives towards reducing emissions. At the same time, the Japanese automaker will be boosting production of its compact van at its Barcelona plant.
The NV200 taxi will also be seen on American soil in New York and has also been shown off in concept form as a bold new vision for London’s iconic ‘black cab.’ The e-NV200 will be built in Barcelona and exported out to the rest of the world, sporting a 100-percent electric powertrain, part of the automaker’s zero emissions sustainable mobility plan.
The NV200 Barcelona Taxi model will be available for purchase starting early next year on January 2nd, 2013 and the e-NV200 is aiming for a 2014 launch. In Europe, the NV200 Barcelona Taxi will be powered by a 1.5-liter dCi engine with 110 hp and a fuel consumption of 42 mpg.
“With the start of operation of the NV200 Diesel Taxi in Barcelona, Nissan expects to gather information on experiences and expectations of taxi drivers in order to prepare for our next step, the launch of the world’s most advanced zero emission compact van, the new e-NV200, which will significantly improve air quality and reduce noise levels in the city,” said Jordi Vila, Fleet and Commercial Vehicles general manager at Nissan in Europe.