News: a “zero-emission” electric black taxi layout has been approved to operate on London’s roads and could change the city’s popular diesel-fuelled cabs .
Designed and engineered to assist London meet its air quality targets, the Metrocab is electric-powered and emits 75 per cent less carbon dioxide than a comparable London taxi.
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Transport for London has now granted a license for the Metrocab to operate entirely on London’s streets following a 12 months-lengthy trial where drivers were invited to test the automobiles in working problems.
“The Metrocab has acquired quite a few accolades and plaudits across the board in current months,” stated Metrocab chairman, Charles Masefield. “But now it is official – it is the very first licensed range extended electric cab for London, and certainly the initial in the globe”.
Breaking from the styling of London’s present black taxis, the Metrocab attributes an elongated chassis and roofline to supply further interior area, while a panoramic roof delivers uninterrupted views of the city.
Fitted with touch screen colour displays, a USB charging socket, mood lighting and a digital infotainment program, the silent vehicle was described as the “Rolls-Royce of taxis” by London Mayor Boris Johnson when he test drove it last yr.
Produced by Surrey-based mostly Frazer-Nash Research and Ecotive, Metrocab is driven by two electrical motors and a small petrol engine coupled with a generator – called the ‘Range Extender’ – which acts to recharge the vehicle’s battery pack.
Charging is also accessible by way of any mains electric outlet, further cutting emissions and decreasing working expenses.
Achieving 98 miles to the gallon in substantial exams, the black cab is three times far more efficient than a normal London taxi and can seat 7 passengers.
The first London taxi driver to operate the Assortment Extended Electrical (REE) Metrocab, Preston Morris, said: “It is fantastic news for me, and for cabbies across London that the Metrocab is now licensed to operate in the capital”.
“The funds savings on fuel are important, the ride and comfort outstanding, and my 1st clients are thrilled with it,” he additional.
Last 12 months, automobile brand Nissan unveiled its controversial style for a London taxi which was altered to make it “easier to recognise” as a black cab.