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Clean mini taxi concept from VW

By SYF77 on 21 Dec 2010

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Volkswagen has unveiled the Taxi Concept in London, based on the upcoming Up! / Lupo city car.

The Taxi Concept, which has been previewed as the Milan Taxi Concept in Germany, is the brainchild of Klaus Bischoff, who heads the design team at Volkswagen. He was present at Central London at the unveiling of the concept taxicab. Powering the Volkswagen Taxi Concept is an all-electric set-up that features 113 bhp electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack with a 45 kW/h capacity. Charging the batteries to 80 percent takes about an hour.

A completely charged Taxi Concept is able to clock 300km (an optimistic estimate) and reach a top speed of 119km/h. It measures 3,730 mm long, 1,680 mm wide and 1,600 mm tall. The Taxi concept sports the City of London's coat of arms on each of the front doors and an image of the Union Jack on the roof.

With Singapore’s plan to set up a EV infrastructure in Singapore, we could electric taxis such as the VW’s Taxi concept on our roads in the future.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Knightsljx Dec 21 2010 05:37 PM
what a stupid idea. taxi drivers use driving as a livelihood. with only 300km range (mind you this is official no., real life I'd give it 250l). How much time does the cabbie have to sit around waiting for the damn batteries to charge?

With their mileage, maybe half the time they are sitting around a charger.

I'm sorry, but pure battery powered cars are the WORST invention the human race ever embarked on. Its like Man de-evolving into an ape
Watwheels Dec 21 2010 05:59 PM
Relax lah. Already say it's a taxi concept, just like concept cars. Nobody says anything about going to mass production.

300km, they also say "(an optimistic estimate)". Of course got to factor in no. of passenger plus luggage.

But if there are battery charging kiosks built around the city and the flat battery pack could be easily taken out to be replaced with a charged one. It could work. If there are enough charged battery packs sitting at the kiosk, the driver can just take out the flat battery pack, place it on the charger, take a fully charged battery pack and off he goes. Dun have to wait and it's even faster dan filling up a car with petrol.

It's the network of battery kiosk that will make such cars work.
Andymish Mar 04 2011 03:26 PM
That is what the future of taxi should be. This is a great concept especially the design of the body which is quite elegant with a touch of stylish head light and brake light switch plus some screens inside to make it more appealing. The only setback I can see from this concept is that it can only occupy two passenger and there isn't enough space for some luggage and other things.
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