Range Extended Electric London Taxi

First impressions were very positive after the initial test drive of Metrocab’s Range Extended Electric London Taxi.

This all-new British-built and engineered Range Extended Electric (REE) has been tested during this first official drive by London’s taxi drivers and Mayor Boris Johnson.

Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) General Secretary Steve McNamara, and London Cab Drivers Club (LCDC) Chairman Grant Davis, visited Metrocab’s Surrey testing facility with some of their respective members to evaluate the Metrocab from a passenger and driver perspective.

Metrocab stated following static observations, the Metrocab was experienced first-hand on the test track and the association members were left impressed by the Metrocab’s power delivery, ride quality and handling prowess. Summarized by Grant Davis “like nothing I have ever experienced before”, Steve McNamara added that its introduction “could be a game changer.”

“It’s superb, an absolutely beautiful machine and a masterpiece of British engineering,” said London Mayor Boris Johnson. “I have just driven it and it’s totally silent. It’s the Rolls Royce of taxis and it will do 100 imperial mpg.”

The Metrocab’s REE technology delivers a range of 560 kilometers (347.97 miles), typically saving a London taxi driver £20-£40 per day based on the average day and night duty cycle in the capital.

“It’s a smooth, quiet, electric vehicle,” said Steve McNamara. “I’m a great fan of them and I think they are the future. Not just because of the emissions and environment but the silence. The worst thing about sitting in London traffic is sitting alongside noisy buses and diesel cars.”

Production versions are to be trialled in London during the coming summer.

Here is a video of the event: http://youtu.be/hyBsQmyYsCo

Metrocab Technical Specification:

GENERAL

Range extended electric vehicle

Fully compliant with London Public Carriage Office (PCO) regulations

Capable of zero emission operation

Vehicle health diagnostics and status telemetry system

VEHICLE DIMENSIONS

Overall length:………………………….. 4,905mm

Overall width:…………………………… 1,800mm

Overall height:………………………….. 1,925mm

Wheel base:………………………………. 3,181mm

VEHICLE WEIGHT

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 gasoline 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