Starting in Spring 2012, six Nissan Leaf electric cars will begin service as regular cabs in New York City, bringing all-electric driving to the busy metered masses of Manhattan. It's part of a test program to see how all-electric vehicles fare as taxis with further electrification of the New York City taxi fleet to follow.
Along with the six Nissan Leaf electrics, the city is looking to fix a serious problem we ourselves found — by installing new charging stations in the city. According to the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, the chargers will go up at fleet garages and in the homes of the Leaf owner-drivers. Additional chargers stationed in airport holding lots are currently being discussed, which will be good as the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission lists the Leaf's range as 62 to 138 miles on a single charge.