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Boris Johnson unveils London's electric taxi. Image by Metrocab.

Boris Johnson unveils London's electric taxi
London's electric Metrocab set to join the city's streets early in 2014.
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What's the news?

The future of London's taxi looks to have been changed with the official unveiling of the city's new electric Metrocabs by Mayor Boris Johnson. From early 2014, the Range-Extended Electric (REE) Metrocabs will take to the streets of the capital in the first of many trials the new taxis will be faced with.

These latest Metrocabs not only have the potential to be totally emission-free, but manage a fuel economy figure of 75mpg when the range extender is charging the batteries. In addition, the unit's near-silent operation will bring a calm quiet in comparison to the noisy diesel engines currently associated with the traditional Hackney carriage.

Aside from the new powerplant, the 2014 Metrocab can seat up to six passengers; all of whom can enjoy the full-length panoramic roof fitted to each model. Both ride comfort and luggage space are said to have improved; as has accessibility for disabled passengers.

"Ecotive, with technical expertise from Frazer-Nash, has designed a unique and purpose-built new Metrocab taxi for London with zero emissions capabilities," commented Boris. "This is exactly the type of vehicle I would be delighted to see entering the market."

For those worried about the look of London changing with the new Metrocab, do not despair, as Ecotive and Frazer-Nash have strived to keep the classic car's familiar form.

Anything else?

Following the trials in London in 2014, the new Metrocab will be rolled out fully in London as well as in other cities across the world.



James Giddings - 6 Jan 2014


Boris Johnson checks out new Metrocab. Image by Metrocab.Boris Johnson checks out new Metrocab. Image by Metrocab.Boris Johnson checks out new Metrocab. Image by Metrocab.Boris Johnson checks out new Metrocab. Image by Metrocab.Boris Johnson checks out new Metrocab. Image by Metrocab.

Boris Johnson checks out new Metrocab. Image by Metrocab.  








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