Barcelona and Madrid receive first Nissan all- electric taxis

Barcelona and Madrid receive first Nissan all- electric taxis


Nissan delivers first 100% electric taxis to two of Spain’s largest cities, Barcelona and Madrid.

Madrid will be integrating the Nissan LEAF and Barcelona the e-NV200 electric van. The electric vehicles’s (EVs) will help the bustling cities reduce noise and air pollution by offering the option of quiet, zero-emission travel.

The Barcelona deliveries served as an important step in the execution of an agreement between Nissan, the City of Barcelona, and the Barcelona Metropolitan area which brings the Barcelona-built e-NV200 to the streets of the city where the electric van is produced.

Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Director of Electric Vehicles for Nissan Europe, welcomed the news, commenting: “Declining air quality levels are a top concern across Europe and it’s great to see Madrid and Barcelona taking such positive steps in improving air quality through the incorporate of Nissan’s all-electric cars into their taxi fleets. These taxi bring a huge benefit not only residents but also for the drivers – thanks to the ultra-low running costs only an electric car can offer. This scheme demonstrates that sustainable transportation is easy and affordable for everyone.”

Antonio Berzal Prieto, the first 100% electric taxi driver in Madrid to choose electric technology for his business, added “When I heard that the Nissan LEAF had been approved as a taxi for the city, I quickly looked into all the options it offered me. In addition to the environmental benefits, the costs of ownership are highly competitive and the car’s performance is excellent.”

These initiatives reaffirm Nissan’s commitment to the electric vehicles as they continue to lead the market with the Nissan LEAF.

The LEAF hatchback remains the most popular EV available; in fact sales are better than ever with September being the month in which 2014 sales passed the 2013 total, with three months still to go.