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Hailing its taxis: Nissanexceeds500
electric taximilestone
23 November 2015 | OEM
Nissan is leading the electric revolution
with more than 550 electric taxis now on
the road in Europe. Taxi drivers are some of
the most demanding users with the highest
mileage, reinforcing the reliability and
versatility of Nissan EVs.
During 2015 alone, over 100 electric
vehicles were delivered to taxi companies
across Europe, making Nissan the best-
selling manufacturer of 100% electric taxis.
The growth of the electric taxi market looks
set to continue, as its popularity has started
to take hold in Eastern Europe. Green Lite
Taxi, based in Budapest, has purchased 65
Nissan LEAFs in a bid to become Hungary’s
largest zero emission fleet. To power its
pioneering franchise, CEO Örs Lévay has
installed seven quick chargers within the
city.
Örs Lévay, Green Lite Taxi CEO, said: “We
are delighted to be the first taxi company
in Hungary to go 100% electric and the 199
km range means we only need to charge
our taxis once during a shift. Along with the
large savings on fuel and maintenance, the
Nissan LEAF is very smooth to drive and
almost silent, which means a more enjoyable
journey for my customers and the drivers
say typical 10 hour shifts are less tiresome.”
In Estonia, it has been reported that
a Nissan LEAF owned by taxi company,
Elektritakso, has clocked up over 218,000 km
(135,459 miles) on its original battery pack,
showcasing the high quality and reliability
of Nissan’s electric vehicle range. In total,
there are 80 electric taxis and counting in
Estonia, whilst in Lithuania, Nissan is poised
to deliver its first eight 100% electric taxis
to the Smart Taxi Company, based in the
country’s capital, Vilnius, for late 2015.
What’s more, with the launch of the new
30 kWh Nissan LEAF, drivers can travel 25%
further making it an even more practical
choice for taxi companies.
Nissan electric vehicles - which include the
Nissan LEAF and the e-NV200, a passenger
and light commercial vehicle - are becoming
increasingly popular among European taxi
businesses, with the Netherlands and the
UK topping Nissan’s e-taxi league table.
Taxi Electric in Amsterdam was the first
private taxi service to switch to a fleet of
100% electric taxis in November 2011. Since
then, others from across Europe have joined
the revolution, with the Nissan LEAF and
e-NV200 now being used by taxi businesses
in Stockholm, Prague, Barcelona and Rome.
With running costs as low as 2p per mile,
companies like C&C Taxis, based in rural
South West England have saved more than
£55,397 on average each year across its
range of EV taxis. One of a growing number
of businesses across Europe using Nissan
electric vehicles in its company fleet, C&C
Taxis proves that Nissan electric vehicles
operate reliably as taxis with huge cost
savings and a significant reduction in their
carbon footprint.
Gareth Dunsmore, Director of Electric
Vehicles for Nissan Europe, said: “We are
so proud to be announcing this all-important
milestone. Nissan has already delivered 30%
more e-taxis this year than in 2014 and this
figure is constantly increasing, as more taxi
companies realise the benefits of becoming
100% electric.”
The 100% electric Nissan LEAF saw a lift
in overall sales of 33% in 2014, compared to
the previous year. With fewer moving parts,
Nissan’s electric vehicles offer estimated
maintenance costs up to 40% lower than
petrol or diesel alternatives. Furthermore,
European owners can also benefit from
various incentives such as no business tax
or vehicle excise duty on zero emission
vehicles.
Nissan celebrates this all-important
milestone some five years after the launch
of the Nissan LEAF, the world’s first mass-
market, zero emission vehicle and just one
year since the launch of its 100% electric
e-NV200 light commercial vehicle. Nissan
LEAF remains the best-selling electric
vehicle of all time, with more than 195,000
units sold worldwide.
Smart-chargingwith
Renault ZOE inGermany
23 November 2015 | OEM
In Germany, Renault has run tests on an innovative smart-charging systemwith The Mobility
House (TMH). TMH technology automates electric vehicle charging schedules to coincide
with periods when electricity costs less.
Reducing charging cost for electric
vehicles
Electric car owners appreciate reduced
charging times for their vehicles, and even
more so reduced charging cost. To test
such a system, Renault Germany teamed
up with The Mobility House (based in Zürich
and Munich), which specialises in electric
transport solutions such as smart charge
terminals and energy storage systems.
The Mobility House (TMH) has developed
a technology that substantially reduces the
charging cost for the customer, as well as
shortening the charge time by an hour. 11
ZOE owners, working at Renault in Germany,
were selected to test the system developed
by TMH under real-life conditions.
Once plugged in to a special charge
station at the ZOE owner’s home, the car
communicates its electricity needs via a
Renault Global Data Centre to TMH, which
schedules vehicle charging on the basis of
energy cost data. Electricity from the grid
costs more during high demand periods
and less when demand is low, so the system
detects consumption peaks and stops
charging until the cost falls. Fast charging
then proceeds, at lower cost, until the car
batteries are fully charged.
This
technology
enables
electric
car owners to optimise their electricity
expenses without the trouble of having to
calculate peak and trough demand periods
themselves. It marks the first stage in
forthcoming development of ‘smart grids.’
Renault and TMH are also working together
on other solutions for reducing charging
costs, and offering electric vehicle owners
ways to earn money by generating electricity
to be fed into the grid.
The electric vehicle, a solution to counter
global warming
The carbon footprint of electric cars is
shrinking fast, with the shift already underway
toward the use of renewable energies in
the overall energy mix in most countries
across the world today. Renewable energies
feature in 56% of the new electricity power
plants built in the world today. In Europe, this
figure rises to 72%.
Renault is the pioneer of affordable all-
electric vehicles, and the only carmaker
to offer a full range. Renault sees the
electric vehicle as an eminently viable
countermeasure against global warming.
Because it burns no fossil fuel, the electric
vehicle emits no CO21. ZOE emits 0 g/km
of CO2 whereas an internal-combustion
or hybrid vehicle of equivalent size emits
at least 84 g/km. ZOE has an ‘official’
(certification-cycle) range of 210 km (with the
Q210 power unit) or 240 km (with the Q240),
which works out at 100 km to 170 km under
real-life driving conditions.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance is an official
partner of the COP21 United Nations
climate-change summit, providing a fleet of
200 Alliance electric vehicles, including 100
Renault ZOEs, to ferry delegates between
Paris and Le Bourget from November 30 to
December 11 2015.
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