New York’s ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ Is Now Yesterday’s News

By Paul Riegler on 13 June 2018
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Nissan NV200 taxis

The Nissan NV200, which was named New York City’s “Taxi of Tomorrow” in 2011 by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, is no longer the only taxi in town available to drivers for purchase.

Trumpeted by its proponents and the subject of legal action that was resolved (in favor of Nissan and the city) in 2015, it was seen by some as the spiritual successor to the vaunted Checker cab and offered increased leg room, a sunroof, and plug-in USB ports for charging devices.

It was envisioned that the NV200 would comprise 80% of the city’s yellow taxis, replacing Ford Crown Victoria sedans, Toyota Prius hybrids, and several models of minivans. The NV200 was, however, unpopular with drivers and passengers, who complained of a bumpy ride and poor fuel economy.

Last week the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission removed the requirement for taxi drivers to purchase the Nissan, and published a list of 30 vehicles that drivers may choose from.

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