Britain has its first electric taxi. An all new version of the Metrocab – a taxi design seen on the UK streets from 1987 to 2000 – is currently road-testing. The new cab has silent electric motors and a small range-extending petrol engine.
With six leather passenger seats and a panoramic roof, the vehicle promises a smooth quiet ride. Charging posts will be placed throughout cities so cabbies can top up the electric battery. This is the first step in cleaning up London’s 20,000 licensed taxi fleet, which is responsible for 20% of all road transport pollution in the capital.