20 in Mexico City – 50 in Aguascalientes
We’re not quite sure how we missed this when these LEAFs were first deployed in Mexico as taxis, but they have now been in service for over a year. Not only have they been successfully placed into service as purveyors of people, but they have helped to propogate an electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in both locations.
“The reaction is 100 percent positive” according to Cristóbal Reynoso, one of the Mexico City cab drivers. Having 70 EV cabs in service over the past year has saved roughly three tons of CO2 emissions from being emitted into the air compared to 70 gas powered cabs.
“I think the Mexican people have very good acceptance with the LEAF. They are very proud to be part of this kind of initiative here in Mexico,” said Alejandro Viveros, leader of the Zero-Emission Business Unit for Nissan Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean. While the LEAF is not yet available for the public, Nissan is looking to offer it next year. Getting people familiar with the car and its operation is one goal of the taxi initiaitive.
In the press info, Nissan confirmed that the company’s plans include the Infiniti EV, the NV-200 EV light commercial vehicle, but also the introduction of an entry level Nissan EV. While we knew of the Infiniti and NV-200 EV plans, this is the first that we’ve heard of an entry level Nissan EV. As we find out more, we’ll keep you posted.