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New York, NY - New City Taxis To Have Phone Chargers, Odor Resistant Fabrics

Published on: April 3, 2012 07:26 PM
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A prototype of the Nissan NV 200 New York City taxi is off-loaded from a truck, in New York, Monday, April 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)A prototype of the Nissan NV 200 New York City taxi is off-loaded from a truck, in New York, Monday, April 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

New York, NY - In a cab and your cellphone just died? No problem. Just plug it in.

New cabs hitting the streets of New York City next year will have charging ports for riders’ electronics. They’ll also have more leg room, a large skylight roof to gaze at the city skyscrapers and even odor-reducing and anti-microbial fabric to help deal with, well, you know, anything you might smell in the backseat of a cab.

A prototype of the Nissan NV200 will be unveiled Tuesday. The model was selected from among three finalists in a city competition.

With a boxy shape and painted a brighter yellow than the city’s current taxis, the cab offers a different experience for riders - starting with a flat, hump-less floor that makes shifting from one side to the other a simple task.

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City Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky said busy New Yorkers looking to get from point A to point B would find plenty to appreciate about the rides that get them there.

“New Yorkers are pragmatic but they also appreciate quality. This is a higher-quality taxi ride than what they’re getting today,” he said Monday.

The doors on the vehicles slide open, so no more risk of hitting a passing bicycle messenger, and they’ll all come with a navigation system, so no more getting lost in the outer boroughs. There are floor lights, to help find anything that may have fallen to the floor, as well as overhead lights for reading. Luggage can go into the cargo space in the rear.

The Nissan van, which beat out proposals from Ford Motor Co. and Turkey’s Karsan, will be phased in beginning in October 2013 as older taxis age out of service. All current taxis, including the city’s hybrid cabs, will be off the streets by 2018. Nissan spokesman Steven Oldham said the company would be undertaking a pilot program with the Nissan Leaf electric car to see if it would be feasible to make the taxis electric in the coming years.

The vehicles will sell for about $29,000, and will come with the partitions included, Yassky said. Meters and the medallions will be the responsibilities of the buyers.


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 Apr 03, 2012 at 09:03 PM Lots of lost forgotten phones Says:

those chargers will mean loads of forgotten phones unless they have a chirping reminder that your phone is charging.

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 Apr 04, 2012 at 12:57 AM Centro Says:

Started with the NYPD and now we got the cabs, why why why should the government only buy cars from a USA company, who if not the government should support the USA companies ????????

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 Apr 04, 2012 at 02:24 AM Avreich1 Says:

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Lots of lost forgotten phones Says:

those chargers will mean loads of forgotten phones unless they have a chirping reminder that your phone is charging.

Who is to say that loads of phones are not already mislaid in taxi cabs? Why should the addition of an on-board charger make any significant difference?

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 Apr 04, 2012 at 08:15 AM Phil E Stein Says:

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Centro Says:

Started with the NYPD and now we got the cabs, why why why should the government only buy cars from a USA company, who if not the government should support the USA companies ????????

Your comment makes no sense.

Cab companies are privately owned and run; they are not government utilities. The owners can buy what they want from who they want. That's the American way, the capitalist way: use your own money to buy your own cabs at the best price you can arrange.

Or perhaps you are a closet communist and want every aspect of our lives controlled by faceless, gray-suited, bureaucrats, like it as in the old country?


A gut yomtov to you - and don't ride in any red cabs!

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 Apr 04, 2012 at 08:43 AM cynic Says:

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Phil E Stein Says:

Your comment makes no sense.

Cab companies are privately owned and run; they are not government utilities. The owners can buy what they want from who they want. That's the American way, the capitalist way: use your own money to buy your own cabs at the best price you can arrange.

Or perhaps you are a closet communist and want every aspect of our lives controlled by faceless, gray-suited, bureaucrats, like it as in the old country?


A gut yomtov to you - and don't ride in any red cabs!

In NYC cab companies can NOT buy whatever they'd like. The NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission ("TLC") fleshes out the vehicle and then only allows those specific cars to go into service.
Which means that unless something changes, the only "yellow cab" cars will soon be these Datsuns.

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 Apr 04, 2012 at 12:20 PM Aryeh Says:

Just wait until the next big snowstorm. These little vans are as good as roadblocks.

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 Apr 04, 2012 at 04:17 PM Respect Says:

The Nissan move could be VERY cool if Nissan brought along their partner Better Place. I believe Better Place is already powering (or will soon be) Nissan cabs in Japan. Electric cabs make little sense if there is a 100 mile range, but with switchable battery stations in NYC, we could see significantly cut backs on cab-related smog.

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 Apr 04, 2012 at 08:12 PM Centro Says:

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Phil E Stein Says:

Your comment makes no sense.

Cab companies are privately owned and run; they are not government utilities. The owners can buy what they want from who they want. That's the American way, the capitalist way: use your own money to buy your own cabs at the best price you can arrange.

Or perhaps you are a closet communist and want every aspect of our lives controlled by faceless, gray-suited, bureaucrats, like it as in the old country?


A gut yomtov to you - and don't ride in any red cabs!

The NYPD is also a private company, ya ??

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