A new black cab for London will take to the streets this year after the High Court today (Wednesday) dismissed an attempt to block production of the ultra-low emissions taxi.
The Metrocab plug-in range-extended electric vehicle will help improve air quality by tackling emissions of diesel fumes, allowing cities like London to meet international air quality standards.
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The all-new Metrocab, from makers Frazer-Nash Research Ltd and Ecotive Ltd, which has been operating on a pilot fleet basis in London since November 2014, is proving very popular with its first customers, as depicted in our video.
The new Metrocab is driven by two independent brushless electric motors. A small petrol engine, coupled with a generator - the 'Range Extender' - is used to recharge the battery pack or provide power directly to the motors.
Plug-in charging is also achieved via any mains outlet when the taxi is off duty.
Zero-emissions in electric mode and regenerative braking all ensure a low fuel consumption through the course of the working day.
Achieving 99.4 mpg on the ECE101 Cycle, this technologically efficient taxi offers greater economic benefits for the driver and operator.
As pollution levels rise over major cities, governments are looking to more energy efficient, low emission, modes of transport.
The new Metrocab boasts an incredible environmental record, exceeding current standards. Metrocab can operate with zero emissions, giving it a range of well over 50 miles on its battery pack only.
In Range Extender low-emission mode, the new Metrocab produces less than 50g/km of CO2 – significantly better than any other vehicle in the market.
Performance figures that entitles Metrocab owners to a wide range of tax breaks and government grants.
Metrocab staff have engaged in a Q&A sessions on taxi driver forums and discussion boards. We have now summarised some of the answers given.
As there is still unreleased information, we hope this 'FAQ for Cabbies' helps interested drivers get a better understanding of our vehicle and programme.
Specifications correct at the time of publication. Metrocab policy is one of continuous product development. The right is reserved to change specifcations at any time. E&OE
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