Electric Taxi Edges Closer to DC Area Launch

Plans to offer taxi service in Arlington, Virginia with 40 Nissan LEAF taxis still awaits permission.

Published: 30-Nov-2012

Travelers in need of a ride in Arlington County soon could be hailing an electric taxi on their smartphone and working - or playing - on a complimentary iPad while riding through the congested streets of northern Virginia.

EV Taxicab, a new Arlington-based company, plans to launch a fleet of 40 Nissan Leaf sedans — if it gets the lion’s share of 65 new taxi certificates that the County Board will award Dec. 8.

“This is the future,” said owner Malik Khattak. His cars would compose the first all-electric taxi fleet in the region, and possibly the nation, he said.


Carlos Ghosn demonstrates Nissan Pivo 3 electric concept car at 2011 Tokyo Auto Show

An expanded EV line-up will include a plusher Infiniti version of the Leaf and a zero-emissions van, plus potentially a more sporting version.

Nissan LEAF being recharged using wireless system.

The system is 90 per cent as efficient in power transmission as a cable system, meaning it will charge the car in about eight hours.

2011 Nissan Fuel Cell stack smaller, more powerful than previous models.

Speculation is Nissan could offer fuel cell vehicle by 2015 for equivalent to 10M yen ($128K).


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