The taxi industry have waited years for the first Nissan electric taxi and now along comes a second option to wet the whistle of cabbies around the UK.
Vic Young Conversions have been a driving force behind adaptations and vehicle conversions in the North East since 1974.
From simple push/pull hand controls, to affordable hi-tech drive from wheelchair van conversions, the team at Vic Young have now delivered their first fully electric taxi.
The new wheelchair accessible taxi is based on the e-NV200, Nissan’s 100% electric LCV (light commercial vehicle). The conversion combines a zero-emission drivetrain and smooth ride for all those riding in the cab.
The 40kWh battery provides the Nissan e-NV200 with a range that can cover 124-187 miles (WLTP City and Combined cycle) between charges.
Automatic transmission, instant torque and near silent running, also add to the e-NV200’s suitability for use in heavily- congested, highly-populated areas. Using a rapid charger, it can be charged from 20 per cent to 80 per cent in 40 to 60 minutes.
As well as offering zero emissions, the taxi also gives drivers low running costs and exemptions from road tax.
The Vic Young taxi has plenty of safety features to offer both the passengers and the driver. The energy absorbing conversion drastically reduces the risk of whiplash injuries and has full cushion air bags for full impact protection.
The rear seats come available in practical non absorbent, high anti-bacterial material with high-vis red seat belts.
Passengers will experience a “Day Blue” LED lighting effect fitted at floor level, with additional LED access lights in the lower door pillars for safer pickups and drop offs.
Anti-slip NHS quality vinyl is fitted in the customer cabin along with easily identifiable yellow grab handles. Sliding door access along with side access steps, are available to customers upon the door opening.
The vehicle comes fitted with front and rear air conditioning and heating ducts, along with clear two- way communication facilities available between driver and passenger cabins.
In the front of the vehicle, drivers will benefit from a rear auto-camera with reversing warning announcements. Luggage space for passengers is located in the front passenger space.
It’s another taxi that will give drivers the ability to future proof their jobs as more local authorities around the UK look to greener alternatives.
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