Frazer-Nash Research Limited and partner Ecotive Limited have announced the imminent launch of the new ‘Electric’ Metrocab. The purpose-built Taxi is described as a ‘range-extender EV’ – a fully-electric battery vehicle fitted with a small petrol engine that acts a generator (of electricity) when needed. A similar traction principle underpins the Vauxhall Ampera/Chevrolet Volt.
Designed, engineered and built in Mytchett, Surrey, UK, Metrocab claims that the new cab has the potential to achieve 75mpg and can be charged conventionally via a domestic three-pin household plug. The new vehicle can carry up to six paying passengers while zero emissions are promised when in full EV mode. However, the real test for the new London Taxi challenger will start with the London Public Carriage Office (PCO) rules test for fitness as a private hire vehicle.
That’s about rather more than just meeting the 25-feet radius turning circle – if the Metrocab can’t cut it in London traffic, will it be game over for the LTC challenger?