The most recently talked about news in motoring surrounds the new London Taxi cabs built by Nissan. In a recent press release Nissan introduced a new Nissan NV200 version for London Taxi’s based on the multi-purpose NV200 compact van. The all-electric e-NV200 London Taxi prototype is to be tested in 2013 and is reportedly backed by Mayor, Boris Johnson. Tokyo has already seen the Nissan NV200 Taxi versions and in America, it has been chosen as the exclusive New York City ‘Taxi of tomorrow’. Nissan claim that they will be more affordable, have more comfort, space and convenience, and can offer a 50% increase in fuel efficiency.
Steve McNamara, General Secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association, said: “Nissan already has a great footing in the London taxi market – the 2.7-litre diesel that featured in some of the early taxis was one of the greatest engines ever put in a cab. From what I’ve seen of the 200 London Taxi, it ticks all the right boxes. It’s important that it looks like a cab, is comfortable with good ingress and egress and is reliable. If the fuel consumption figures are as promised, it will be a big seller.”
Although these new cabs will come with reduced CO2 outputs compared to current taxi models, which falls in line with other manufacturers doing their part to promote healthier air quality, I have read some opposing views. Some people believe the traditional taxi should be preserved and that without the current traditional style of London taxis; these new versions will somehow spoil one of the iconic sights of the city. I would like to know what you think. Is the traditional black taxi part of the tourist appeal and cultural sights of London and will it be missed if replaced by the new Eco friendlier versions?
To read the official press release outlining the new London Taxi specifications and endorsements, please click here.