The Metrocab, a PHEV version of London’s iconic black taxi, has been licensed by Transport for London to operate on a trial basis, and the first few are already on the streets, transporting fare-paying customers around the capital of Cool Britannia.
“The Metrocab has received numerous accolades and plaudits in recent months, but now it is official – it is the first licensed range-extended electric cab for London, and indeed the first in the world,” said Metrocab Chairman Sir Charles Masefield. “We’re very proud, and delighted with the Metrocabs’ performance, economy and range.”
Designed and built by British firms Frazer-Nash Research and Ecotive, the Metrocab has two electric motors and a 1-litre petrol engine, and can be charged at any electrical outlet. It has a range of 560 km, and is expected to save a London taxi driver £20-£40 ($30-$60 USD) per day based on the city’s average cab duty cycle. It seats up to seven passengers, and features full disabled accessibility and a panoramic roof.
The first driver to operate the Metrocab, Preston Morris, said, “It is great news for me, and for cabbies across London that the Metrocab is now licensed to work in the capital. The cash savings on fuel are significant, the ride and comfort outstanding, and my first customers are thrilled with the new cab. With its air suspension providing unrivalled comfort, panoramic glass roof for views of the city and silent powertrain, what’s not to like?”