The basics are that Ecotive and Frazer-Nash have developed a six-passenger cab with big-old glass windows and a drivetrain that allows for emissions-free driving in one of the world's most trafficked cities. The Range-Extended Electric (REE) Metrocab will have a trial fleet ready to go early next year. It's also supposed to be priced "competitively" and will feature a lithium-ion battery pack as well as an electric motor powering each of the rear wheels. We don't know yet what the cab's single-charge range is or how much it'll actually cost.
London has long been perceived as a great market to launch plug-in taxis, and they've been tested in various forms there. Last June, Nissan promoted its all-electric Leaf in London by accepting Tweets as payment for cab rides in specially painted Leafs throughout the city. Nissan started production of the Leaf at its Sunderland plant in the UK earlier this year. And last October, China-based BYD said it reached an agreement with Greentomatocars to supply 50 all-electric e6 vehicles for a London taxi-cab fleet. Check out the press release from Ecotive and Frazer-Nash below, where you can also find a video.
LONDON, Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Ecotive and Frazer-Nash present ready-for-market UK-built electric powered next-generation Metrocab to London Mayor
-- Cities to benefit from zero emissions capability, improved air quality and reduced noise pollution
-- Drivers benefit with >75mpg, home charging via standard mains outlet, significantly reduced costs, enhanced comfort, performance and technology
-- Passengers benefit from improved ride, six passenger seats, full-length panoramic glasshouse, sizeable boot for increased luggage space, full disabled accessibility
London Mayor Boris Johnson took an exclusive first look today at an all-new Range-Extended Electric (REE) Metrocab from UK-based Ecotive and its technology partner Frazer-Nash Research. The Mayor also couldn't resist the temptation to get behind the wheel for a short drive, demonstrating that the Metrocab is ready for market.
Designed, engineered and built in-house by Ecotive and Frazer-Nash in Mytchett, Surrey, UK, the new zero-emissions-capable world taxi is set to launch as a trial fleet on the streets of London early in 2014.
Boris Johnson said:
"Ecotive, with technical expertise from Frazer-Nash, have designed a unique and purpose-built new Metrocab taxi for London with zero-emissions capabilities, which is exactly the type of vehicle I would be delighted to see entering the market."*
Metrocab Chairman Sir Charles Masefield said:
"The Metrocab is designed as a new generation of taxi for world-class cities and there is no better place to launch it than one of the world's great cities and home to probably the world's most iconic taxi - London. The Metrocab represents a revolution in the market as the first electric-powered cab to meet the typical high-mile duty cycle of a taxi, and which is ready now. Our range extended drivetrain technology offers the solution world-class cities are looking for, and we are confident Metrocab will make a real impact in the market and provide a better service to cities, drivers and passengers alike."
The Metrocab from Ecotive and Frazer-Nash is the latest in a long line of electric powered transport solutions they have marketed and developed over the last 25 years with world-class highly efficient, optimized and fully-integrated digital electric and hybrid-electric powertrains. Priced competitively to enter the taxi market, the Metrocab is powered by a lithium-ion polymer battery pack with an electric motor to each of the rear wheels.
Following the trial early next year, the Metrocab will be rolled out in London and to other key cities around the world.
Further details will be announced during the first London fleet trial in early 2014.
In the early 20th century, Archibald Goodman Frazer Nash partnered with Henry Ronald Godfrey and formed Frazer-Nash Limited, to produce affordable motor vehicles.
Over the past 25 years, Frazer-Nash has evolved to develop world-class highly energy efficient, optimized and fully-integrated digital electric and hybrid-electric powertrains, and famously has been Official Vehicle Partner with its fleets of electric vehicles to both the Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games. Today, the company delivers technology to market for its brands including Bristol Cars and Metrocab under the Ecotive banner.
* Stated in a letter from Boris Johnson published in the Telegraph newspaper on 29 October 2013.
To view a video of Boris Johnson viewing the new Metrocab taxi, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYO_diBOMls
SOURCE Metrocab and Frazer-Nash