NYC Approves Nissan Taxi of Tomorrow
It was a major coup for Nissan when it won a $1 billion contract to build new taxis for the entire New York City vehicle fleet. And three years later, it looks like the plan may finally come to fruition. An appeals court just ruled in favor of Nissan's NV200 Taxi of Tomorrow, overturning an earlier decision from 2013. Justice David B. Saxe from the appeals court said the program is a "legally appropriate response to the agency’s statutory obligation to produce a 21st-century taxicab consistent with the broad interests and perspectives that the agency is charged with protecting." Lawsuits began pouring in over this issue starting December 2012, when taxi operators in New York protested the new vehicle. And that's no wonder, as the Taxi of Tomorrow program requires taxi operators to replace their old vehicles and buy the $29,700 NV200 van. After this lawsuit, the city revised the rules to let operators buy hybrids until Nissan develops a hybrid version of the NV200. The operators sued again in July 2013, and a judge agreed by blocking the program again. But now that the Taxi of Tomorrow is approved, Nissan will have exclusive rights to all non-hybrid taxis in New York City. The Nissan NV200 is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and gets 24/25 mpg city/highway. Source: Bloomberg News
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