Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. has unveiled the Nissan NV200 Taxi in Hong Kong. The new NV200 Taxi offers barrier-free access to taxi riders in Hong Kong. Among the riders who may benefit from this new taxi concept are wheelchair users, who can easily roll on and off the taxi through the back door via a ramp, according to the automaker. More than 750 units of the NV200 Taxi with universal design are already operating in Japan.
“We are delighted to see the universal design taxi from Nissan on the road in Hong Kong. This barrier-free mode of transportation will be offered through a regular taxi service. I am confident that this new taxi will offer more transportation choices to all people in Hong Kong,” said Lee Yuen Tai, chairman of the Direction Association for the Handicapped, at the unveiling ceremony.
The NV200 Taxi is based on the Nissan NV200, a multi-purpose commercial vehicle. It was recently launched in the United States as the next-generation Yellow Cab in New York City.
The new taxi offers an innovative yet functional cabin that unites comfort with hospitality, according to the automaker. The taxi is powered by both gasoline and liquefied propane gas (LPG). The bi-fuel system allows this next-generation taxi to deliver improved fuel economy and driving range. This LPG system is common in Europe and comes to Hong Kong for the first time with this new taxi. The new system reduces approximately 80 percent of NOx from the emission compared to conventional mono-fuel LPG models.
Fifty units of the NV200 Taxi will be delivered to Hong Kong and will start operating in early 2015.