Metrocab Vehicles Are Being Test by ComCob in Central London
The Kamkorp companies Frazer-Nash Research and Ecotive are promoting their Metrocab extended range electric taxi as the first in the world to be licensed for metropolitan service.
Transport for London has approved the vehicle as a London Hackney Carriage, states a release, and a small number is being tested by ComCab, which claims London’s largest fleet of fully licensed taxis.
“It could revolutionize our business, with the cost savings being very significant,” Karl Maresch of ComCab says in the latest Metrocab announcement.
Ten Years in Development
The vehicle has the potential to save London cabbie as much as £40 per day, the manufacturer says – nearly $62 U.S.
The Metrocab taxi has been in development for ten years. The current design features two 50-kilowatt motors for a total of about 134 horsepower, driven by a 12.2-kilowatt-hour large format lithium ion polymer battery pack. A one-liter gasoline engine extends range to 560 kilometers, or 348 miles.
Fuel efficiency is given as 98 miles per gallon based on the ECE101 cycle – more than three times more fuel efficient than comparable current London taxis.
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Source: Frazer-Nash Research & Ecotive with Fleets & Fuels follow-up