With more zero emission cars on the road, the city of Florence is shaping up to be one of the most advanced Smart Cities in Italy. Last year, the municipality of Florence called a tender notice that involved 70 new electric taxi licenses, all of which have now been allocated. The all electric Nissan LEAF is now the most popular EV taxi in Florence after 67 taxi owners decided to buy one.
In addition, Nissan provided a free Wi-Fi hotspot into each vehicle, capable of powering up to eight devices offering passenger a further incentive to hail a ride in a LEAF.
With this initiative, Florence joins big European cities like Madrid that has more than 100 Nissan LEAF taxis and Amsterdam with a fleet of 100 Nissan electric taxis (including Nissan LEAF and e-NV200).
The European market for electric taxis is expanding, with a growing number of operators choosing the benefits of zero emissions travel. Nissan has sold over 1,000 electric vehicles – LEAF and e-NV200 models – to taxi drivers and companies all over Europe.
Holland, Spain and the UK are the three biggest markets in the sector. One such user in the UK is C&C Taxis based in St. Austell, Cornwall. Below, Fleet Manager Mark explains the benefits of running electric taxis.