Nissan presented the Nissan e-NV200 electric taxi for Barcelona. Barcelona aims to be the first city in the world to implement a zero-emission vehicle as publically accessible transport.
The city of Barcelona will lead the global rollout of the new e-NV200 100% electric taxi version of which will also be introduced in other big cities around the world and will begin production in 2014 in the city. Nissan and Barcelona City signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the use of electric vehicles as taxis and as delivery vehicles by improving the quick charging network and looking at a range of privileges for zero emission operators.
The Nissan-designed chargers can recharge any compatible electric vehicle from 0-80% battery in just 30 minutes. Barcelona City Hall and the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona will install these quick chargers across the city to create a network for taxi drivers and others to quickly “refuel”. These quick chargers are part of over 1,200 planned to be installed across Europe by March 2014.
Nissan and the City of Barcelona also aim at encouraging electric vehicle use in goods delivery. As part of the agreement the City Council is committed to provide specific places for loading and unloading goods and to enable electric vehicle charging points, as well as promoting a specific identification for electric vehicles. They will also consider the creation of goods delivering zones and schedules exclusively for zero-emission vehicles and to introduce tax cuts such as reducing business taxes to companies with fleets of electric vehicles.
The incentives to encourage the use of electric delivery vehicles is something that is expected to be replicated in many cities, with several also considering restricting access to central locations to only zero-emission vehicles.