A number of months ago Mercedes luxury electric cabs were being tested out in London. Joining those vehicles in green transportation testing now on the streets of the United Kingdom’s capital will be a zero emissions fuel cell hybrid taxi developed by a consortium of companies – Intelligent Energy, Lotus Engineering, LTI Vehicles and TRW Conekt – who believe their green cab vision could be fully implemented by 2012.
This particular cab is done up in the traditional looking black taxi design many people in London are familiar with. What is under the hood though is not traditional at all – an engine powered by an Intelligent Energy hydrogen fuel cell system hybridised with lithium polymer batteries that can go all day without need for refueling and that offers a a top speed of over 80 mph, a range of more than 250 miles on a full tank of hydrogen and, best of all, produces no emissions other than water vapour.
“The black cab is a much loved London icon, but it is also a significant source of pollution especially in the centre of the city, said London’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Chair of the London Hydrogen Partnership, Kit Malthouse. “This prototype Fuel Cell Black Cab, which emits only water from its tailpipe, is an exciting glimpse of how hydrogen technology could soon play a vital role in cleaning up air quality for urban dwellers.”
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