In what is being billed as the “largest electric taxi fleet deal,” the Renault-Nissan Alliance says it will add 110 of its 30-kWh Nissan Leafs to taxi duty in Madrid, Spain.
Citing a quickly growing electric taxi market in Europe, the Alliance says it has now delivered to the continent nearly 800 electric Leafs and e-NV200 vans to taxi owners and operators with the Netherlands, UK and Spain being its top three markets.
The Spanish deal was announced at the Madrid Motor Show and signed by Nissan and La Cuidad del Taxi. Renault-Nissan says Madrid’s fleet is now set to rival taxi fleets in Amsterdam, which has 100 Nissan Leafs and e-NV200s, and Budapest with 65 Leafs.
“Cities across the globe are facing huge challenges in terms of poor air quality and increasing greenhouse emissions,” said Gareth Dunsmore, Head of Electric Vehicles, Nissan Europe. “Adding zero emission vehicles such as the Nissan LEAF to taxi services operating in major cities is vital step to tackling these challenges head on.”
Madrid’s initiative is being partially funded with a grant program by the Region of Madrid expected in June. Also the national government of Spain has pledged €2 million to zero-emissions mobility.