The Japanese automaker – which was opposed by cab operators in court – has been allowed now to go on with the implementation of a $1 billion plan to manufacture New York City’s future taxicab.
The cab operators have been battling in court the introduction of a single model throughout the taxi fleet of the city – mainly a specially tailored version of Nissan’s NV200 van. The appeals court in Manhattan has ruled that a previous decision that blocked the Taxi of Tomorrow program has to be overturned.
“Given the specific NYC taxi research and development that Nissan conducted — including crash testing with the installed partition — we are confident that the Nissan NV200 taxi will provide a solution that is optimal in safety, comfort and convenience for passengers and drivers alike,” said Nissan in a statement.
Back in 2011 Nissan won a contract valued today at $1 billion, set to span over a decade and intended to renew the taxi fleet of cars with at least 15,000 minivans – which add sliding doors, increased luggage space and also back-seat airbags over the old sedan taxi fleet.
NYC’s Taxi and Limousine Commission elected in September 2012 the Yokohama, Japan-based automaker’s NV200 as the official “Taxi of Tomorrow” vehicle and mandated that yellow cab operators only buy the $29,700 vehicles.