Failure to meet the standards set for the planned Ultra-Low Emission Zone, Nissan’s new London black cab project has been suspended
Nissan has suspended its new black cab project for the time being due to failure in meeting emissions standards. This taxi design features a petrol engine which unfortunately failed to meet the tough emission standards set for the central London, but if in future the emissions zone is signed off this project will be brought in without any delay.
London Mayor Boris Johnson proposed that by the year 2018, they’ll make all London taxis zero emissions capable.
The current black cab taxis with their diesel engines return 32mpg and 233g/km of CO2 and the taxi from Nissan claims to offer significantly improved fuel economy and emissions. This is still not enough and once if the proposed zero emission zones come into effect, Nissan would have to re-engineer this cab thoroughly.
Mayor Boris Johnson is hoping to have well around 7,000 taxis capable of zero emission on the streets of London by the year 2020. And as of the owners of the old TX4 diesel cabs, every time they drive this vehicle into the capital, they’ll have to pay up to £20.
For some people, postponing this project seems bit unusual as the company has already launched e-NV200 which is the electric version of their popular MPV and which easily meets the set standards. Managing Director of Nissan Motor GB, James Wright said that their NV200 taxi is already performing brilliantly in New York and Barcelona but for London they are making engineering and styling changes. These changes are being made so that London can also enjoy a ride in the new and modern black cabs.