Nissan Leaf All-Electric Taxi Cab Fleet Coming To Virginia

What’s being heralded as one of the nation’s first all-electric fleets of taxi cabs could soon be hitting the streets in Arlington, Virginia. The fleet would consist of  Nissan Leaf electric cars and would include a supporting infrastructure capable of keeping this fleet going around the clock.

EV Taxicabs, according to the Washington Examiner, needs to first gain approval of the Arlington county board of supervisors before it can begin operation. It looks likely it will happen, given that the county manager there has already recommended the company be granted approval for 40 cabs out of a total of 65 new vehicles being added to the county’s existing 765 cabs.

EV Taxicabs

image via EV Taxicabs

The start up electric cab company said it had formed an alliance with Nissan USA to operate its fleet of Leaf electric cars. EV Taxicabs is going all high tech in looking to distinguish itself from other cab companies, having a “cloud-based” dispatch system, smart phone/Internet reservation system, on-board 4G wireless Internet connectivity and iPads available for passenger usage to enjoy shows and also pay with a credit card when the ride is over.

With a range of 73 miles and a combined fuel economy at 99 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent, the 40 electric cabs will need a good supporting EV charging infrastructure if they truly plan to be operated 24/7. To this end, the cab company will pony up to install fifty Level II chargers and six Level III DC fast chargers “strategically deployed around the county” should it win approval to begin operations. The chargers will come courtesy of Aerovironment, which is a distributor of the Level III chargers for Nissan, and they will be available for public use as well.

EV Taxicabs will join a handful of other companies, such as EcoCab out of Washington State, in attempting to have a taxi fleet that is all zero emissions.

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    • mortinsany

      awesome!

    • Sharon

      I drive one. And love it!

      But I cannot understand how a “74″ mile car will function as a taxi without battery switching. No idea the size of the county but it sounds like every 2 or 3 trips it’ll be down with 20 minutes to 3 hours recharging!

      • ga

        Taxis spend a lot of time in Taxi lines waiting for a fare. I’m interested to see how well the batteries hold up if they end up doing a lot of fast charging. (I have one also in Norcal)

        • http://www.taximobility.com/ James andrew

          Due to increasing number of electric vehicles, charging points also has been increased in US states. So i hope it will tolerate that kind of situations.

      • http://jpwhitehome.wordpress.com JP White

        With quick charging that will prevent them from missing fares due to low charge. Most of the time L2 charging will suffice. If they get the 2013 models with the 6.6kWh charging system, they can add 25 miles per hour at L2 and 100 miles per hour on L3.

        Making the charging infrastructure available to the public is really generous considering they will depend on them themselves.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alex-Lester/100001046509730 Alex Lester

      Great demonstration project.

    • http://twitter.com/iGreenHero Green Hero

      They should go all the way to being carbon zero and neutralize even the electricity for charging. But this is a great start.