December 19, 2014
To All Interested Parties:
December 19, 2014
TAXI OF TOMORROW PARTNERSHIP TO HELP NYC
The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) today announced that, following discussions with Nissan North America, it will begin phasing-in the Nissan NV200 – the Taxi of Tomorrow (ToT) -- beginning April 20, 2015. After that date, almost all taxi owners who choose not to buy a hybrid taxi will replace their existing vehicles with the ToT as they reach their normally-scheduled retirement date.
Among the key benefits achieved was a firm commitment to the manufacture of sufficient numbers of wheelchair accessible NV200s to help the City reach its stated goal of 50% wheelchair accessibility by the year 2020, over 7,000 accessible vehicles. Nissan also agreed to lower the vehicle sticker price over the life of the agreement, and end its right to exclusivity over hybrid taxis, which allows the TLC to offer taxi purchasers a variety of choices among an approved list of hybrid-electric vehicles.
Said TLC Commissioner/Chair Meera Joshi, "Passengers have already ridden and drivers have already driven over 8 million miles in the several hundred NV200s on the road today. The feedback from both is overwhelmingly positive. We are pleased to be able to offer this superior riding and driving experience to many more as they are phased-in over several years. And our partnership with Nissan gives us unparalleled and unprecedented input in future model years."
The sliding doors will prevent dooring, which is the leading cause of injury for cyclists. Exit lights will alert people on bikes and in approaching cars that a cab rider is disembarking. And in the worst-case scenario, when a collision can't be avoided, the Taxi of Tomorrow's sloped hood design will help reduce the severity of injury to a pedestrian or bicyclist who is hit."
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