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Zap merges with China's Jonway Automobile

We'll level with you on this one. We all know that Zap has seemingly had some, ahem... interesting business practices in the past. And we're not really sure what to make of this latest news, either. With that in mind, here's the main point: Zap has merged (or bought, depending on your viewpoint) with China's Jonway Automobile. There are three more bullet points to consider...

Video: Ride along as a real-world battery swap takes place in less than two minutes

Better Place and Nihon Kotsu electric taxi project – Click above to watch video after the jump

BYD E6 electric taxi fleet takes to the roads in China

BYD E6 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Better Place's battery-swapping electric taxi test takes off in Tokyo

Better Place and Nihon Kotsu electric taxi project – Click above for high-res image gallery

Volkswagen unveils electric Milano Taxi concept

Volkswagen Milano Taxi concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

eVito taxi ready for trials, could be in service during 2012 London Olympics

The prototype electric version of the Mercedes Vito Taxi that was unveiled in early February is now ready for on-road tests. The companies behind the plug-in taxi – Zytek, Valence Technology, Penso and Mercedes-Benz UK – put the van together in six months (starting with the Benz donor vehicle) and have created a vehicle that can go around

Mitsubishi i MiEVs to become taxis in Tokyo

If you want to take a taxi in Tokyo, you now have an electric option. At least if you are in the Otemachi, Marunouchi or Yurakucho districts between the daytime hours of 8:30 and 5:30. The Hinomaru Limosine Company is adding a pair of Mi

Eco City Vehicles reveals upcoming all-electric taxi *UPDATE

For a over a year, Eco City Vehicles (EVC) has successfully been offering London taxi drivers a more modern choice of vehicle in the shape of the Vito from Mercedes Benz (pictured above). Now comes word that the company aims to sell an all-electric version as well. Affixed with the fitting appellation "Mercedes Electric eVito Taxi" or "eVito" for short if you like (and we do, thank you very much), the new variation shares with its diesel cousin a spe

ElectriCab E1 recharges its way to 428 miles in a day

It's said that you can't judge a book by its cover and that adage would seem to hold true in the case of a certain Ford Windstar circulating through the streets of Sacramento, California. This nondescript all-electric minivan, which acts as both a technology platform and working taxi vehicle for ElectriCab Technologies, recently racked up 428 miles on one of Northern California's worst winter weather days and will try to turn heads sometime

Better Place to trial battery-swapping taxis in Tokyo

When Better Place wanted to demonstrate how their battery switching station would operate they chose Yokohama Japan as the backdrop and now the land of the rising sun is returning some of that love. The electric vehicle infrastructure company has received an "award" to carry out a pilot

Electric cars prove ideally suited for Detroit taxi service ... in 1915

The New York Times has taken a look at the suitability of electric vehicles for use as Detroit taxis compared to gas and "other" vehicles. Needless to say, the Times found the EV to be a very good option for the low speed urban duty cycle typical of a modern cab. Compared to gas powered cabs, pulling juice off the grid was very cheap making for low operating costs which are critical to cab profi

Leo Motors to supply electric vehicles to the Philippines

The Philippines is full of tricycles. In fact, there are some 2.2 million motorized rickshaws, which are known as tricycles or traysikels, in the country. Most of these are powered by very dirty engines that don't have any real emissions equipment, and the government recognizes that this is a major problem. To help remedy the situation, the Philippines has entered into an agreement with Leo Motors to create a joint venture to build new electric taxis. A $5

Geely still planning electric cabs in London, ETA approves

Way back in April, the idea for electric green Black Cabs in London was first floated. Chinese automaker Geely is apparently still working on the cabs and the U.K. authorities and watchdog agencies are beginning to pick up on the idea. The Environmental Transport Association in particular has taken notice that many cabs in London are powered by diesel engines, which may be great for fuel efficiency

E7 electric taxi to debut at British International Motor Show

Allied Vehicles has announced they will debut their electric E7 taxi at the upcoming British International Motor Show (BIMS). The company has been building taxis for some time now and are already quite familiar with the Peugeot E7 platform. They also build wheelchair accessible vehicles and have incorporated this ability into their taxi as well. It will join other Domenick Yoney

Check out the Kronosport electric utility vehicles, do you have a use for one?

A market exists for small vehicles that are easily transported and have zero emissions, making them suitable for indoor use and for use in heavily congested areas. Malls, large business complexes and even large family dwellings could use a vehicle like this. Kronosport is helping to fill that niche market with their fully electric Taxi, Jeremy Korzeniewski

Hybrid Technologies lithium-battery-powered taxi cruising NYC

We know there has been some skepticism about announcements from Hybrid Technologies, but it seems they've made good on their promise to put a lithium-battery-powered taxi on the streets of New York City. The company just announced that a converted PT Cruiser is now in full service in the Big Apple.