2012 Nissan Leaf Becomes A Taxi In Sao Paulo City

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2012 Nissan Leaf Taxi in Sao Paulo

2012 Nissan Leaf Taxi in Sao Paulo

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It’s the largest city in Brazil, and the world’s seventh largest city by population, but now Sao Paulo can claim another first: it’s one of the few cities in the world where you can hail a Nissan Leaf electric taxi cab. 

Part of a pilot program between Sao Paul Municipality, the Renault-Nissan Alliance, AES Electropaulo and the Association of Taxi Fleet of Sao Paulo, the city will soon put two, 2012 Nissan Leafs into service as taxis on pre-defined routes in the city. 

Later on this year, they will be joined by another eight Leafs, which it is hoped will give taxi customers the chance to take a zero-emission taxi within the limits of the Sao Paulo beltway. 

Like other electric car taxi projects around the world, the Sao Paulo scheme will see the installation of 15 dedicated charging stations around the city designed to offer recharging. 

Provided by the local utility company AES Electropaulo, five will be capable of recharging the Leaf’s 24-kilowatt-hour battery to 80 percent full in 30 minutes, while the other ten charging stations will offer level 2, overnight charging. 

Prototype of 2012 Nissan Leaf as New York City taxi cab

Prototype of 2012 Nissan Leaf as New York City taxi cab

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This isn’t the first time that we’ve seen the 2012 Nissan Leaf being used as taxis, either. Last year, Nissan won a $1 billion exclusive contract from New York City to supply its taxi fleet with Nissan vehicles from 2013. Some of those will be all-electric Leafs

Around the world too, Nissan Leafs are already used as private-hire cabs by companies in the U.K., while specially-adapted electric Nissan Rogue compact crossovers were used as taxis by Better Place to test its first battery swap station in Tokyo, Japan

With low running costs and zero-tailpipe emissions, cars like the 2012 Nissan Leaf make great taxis, but will they catch on? 

Let us know in the Comments below. 


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Comments (6)
  1. If nothing else, this will get a lot of folks acquainted with electric vehicles. Even those who don't take taxis.

  2. There are hundreds of LEAF taxis powered by solar energy in Mexico City. How cool is that and the place needs them bad.

  3. The article I found says Mexico City purchased 20, and the chargers are 30% powered by solar. Was there a broader plan to buy many more? This is still very cool, thanks for the heads-up.


  4. In Norway we have 11 Leaf taxis running in different cities - since 2011; and the number will increase!
    In fact city of Trondheim - where I work on EVs - we've had two EV taxis in regular traffic since 2008!

  5. Hi Bjorn,

    I am trying to get the taxi meter in my Nissan Leaf to work, but I am having problems with it. Do you know how to make this work, or do you know the contact information of the companies that are currently using the Leaf as a taxi in Norway?


    Ron Knori

  6. This could be a great opportunity for an investigative auto journalist to discover how many miles the taxis have driven, operating costs versus ICE, battery condition, etc. We know they stack miles up quickly with taxis.

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