“The Wait Is Over,” a sponsored Gothamist post about Nissan taxicabs trumpeted yesterday: “NYC’s New Cabs Have USB Chargers, Passenger Climate Control, Panoramic Glass Roofs.”
High tech cabs with phone chargers and a view? Sounds great to us. But after we got to the bottom of the post promoting Nissan’s #HailYes campaign, we wondered: where are these wondrous vehicles?
Well, only about 12 of the city’s 13,237 cabs are Nissan NV200s. But Nissan’s still pushing a giant #HailYes social media campaign.
Today, Nissan revealed a prototype for its new-fangled NV200 van, which was selected by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission last year to transform existing fleets with the “Taxi of Tomorrow.” The cabs will feature a “low-annoyance horn,” more leg room, a skylight, odor-reducing fabric, and sliding doors (you’re welcome, bikers!).
But most importantly, as promised, it will offer a charging port with 12V electric outlets and two USB ports for you to plug in your device chargers. Good thing considering we’ve drained many an iPhone trying to help cabbies navigate to and fro the bowels of Brooklyn. The NV200 promises a navigation system too, but based on outdated models we’ve seen gracing drivers’s dashboards, we’ll take Google Maps all the same.