All new London taxis will have to be zero emission capable by 2018, the Mayor of London announced at an event showcasing designs of future environmentally friendly cabs.
The London Taxi Company, Frazer-Nash and Karsan have put their newly designed vehicles on display today in London, all opting for hybrid technology enabling the vehicles to switch conveniently between an electric zero-emission mode and petrol powered engines.
“To date, one Achilles heel (of the London taxis), particularly the older models, has been the pollution generated by chugging diesel engines,” said the Mayor of London Boris Johnson before the event. “As part to my mission to improve air quality and drive innovation, I’m making a pledge to Londoners that from 2018 all taxis presented for licensing should be zero emission capable.”
Frazer Nash, responsible for the Metrocab design, has gone even further, developing a concept of future solar-powered charging stations to ensure the electricity used to power the new taxis will come from renewable sources.
E&T News wrote more on this event yesterday, so read the full story about London’s emission-free taxis.
We also blogged here a while back about the new Nissan Metrocab design, featuring a snazzy infographic on same. Check it out, fans of taxi cabs!