London’s Range Extended Electric Taxi Specs Revealed

Specifications for a retro-looking, but new-tech-underneath Range Extended Electric (REE) Metrocab taxi designed in and for the UK have been released.

Frazer-Nash and Ecotive, the companies behind this all-new purpose-built taxi said following the in-market trials this year, the Metrocab will be rolled out in London and other key cities in the UK and internationally.

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“The all-new Range Extended Electric Metrocab has been in development since the mid-2000s with several prototypes built and over a million kilometers of engineering tests completed,” said Metrocab Chairman Sir Charles Masefield. “Instantly recognizable as an iconic London Hackney Cab, with a panoramic glass roof for views of the city, our new all-British London cab offers, for no price premium, completely new levels of economy, emissions and passenger comfort and is ready to enter service this year, benefitting the passenger, driver, city and environment alike.”

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Metrocab also said it launching a campaign this week inviting London taxi drivers to register with the company for real-world trials in the new zero emissions capable taxi.

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The Metrocab is powered by a 12.2 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion polymer battery pack with a 50 kilowatt electric motor for each of the rear wheels. Full specifications are as follows:

METROCAB REE TAXI

VEHICLE DIMENSIONS

Overall length:………………………….. 4,905mm

Overall width:…………………………… 1,800mm

Overall height:………………………….. 1,925mm

Wheel base:………………………………..3,181mm

VEHICLE WEIGHT

Kerb:………………………………………….. 1,750kg

Gross:………………………………………….. 2,515kg

PERFORMANCE

Top speed:…………………………………. 80mph (Restricted)

Max gradient:…………………………….. 1:3

Emissions:…………………………………..<50g/km CO2

Turning circle: …………………………….. 7.62m (Meets PCO requirement)

Regenerative braking

DRIVELINE

Peak motor power:…………………… 2 x 50kW

Peak wheel torque:…………………… 2 x 1,400Nm

RANGE EXTENDER

1 liter petrol range-extender engine coupled to generator unit

Fuel efficient urban and highway generating modes

Meets Euro 5 emission standards

BATTERY SYSTEM

Lithium-ion polymer large format cells

Stored capacity:…………………………. 12.2kWh

3kW on board charging

COMFORT

Driver multi-function touch screen display and instrument cluster with colour display

Passenger colour TV display

USB charging socket

Digital infotainment system

Hands free telephone

Air conditioning and heating

Anti-lock braking system (ABS)

3-seater rear bench seat – fore/aft adjustable for more luggage space when required

3 rear facing flip down seats

1 optional front passenger seat

Full wheelchair access with integrated wheelchair ramp

Panoramic glass roof

Mood Lighting

Air suspension