The Japanese based automaker Nissan is planning to introduce its eco-friendly Leaf onto the New York City streets starting from early 2012 as part of a pilot program where the vehicles will be used as taxis.

According to the local automotive media, the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission and Nissan will use the vehicles with owner-operators for one year, each getting cars for free as a lease.

“Please see the industry notice and information sheet below to learn more about this exciting opportunity and how you can apply to be one of New York City’s first electric taxi operators”, as the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission says.

The applications for the lease program will be received by November 30 and the information session will be held on November 9, 2011.

The idea of using the Nissan Leaf as a taxi isn’t new and moving down south to Mexico we find that the first three electric taxis are already running on the local streets after the vehicles have been delivered to the government.

The three Nissan Leafs used as taxis in Mexico are part of an agreement between the Japanese automaker and the local government and Nissan will deliver 97 more electric vehicles.


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