The New York Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) has been on the search for a zero-emission vehicle that could replace the taxis of New York City, leading to some interesting concept designs. Here’s one that caught our eye, via Ecofriend: the all-electric UniCab.
The UniCab pulls power from diverse sources, including solar panels on the roof, regenerative braking, hydrogen fuel cells and a speedy plug-in charge, utilizing advanced capacitor energy distribution. It features seating for six, an automated ramp for those with disabilities (similar, presumably, to those already in use on city buses) and an infotainment center that displays not only your route, but attractions along with way.
The TLC was looking for vehicles that 1) Meet high safety standards, 2) Offer superior passenger experience, 3) Offer superior driver comfort and amenities, 4) Offer appropriate purchase price and ongoing maintenance and repair costs, 5) Have a small environmental footprint (lower emissions and improved fuel economy), 6) Have a smaller physical footprint (with more usable interior room), 7) Are in compliance with appropriate Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, 8) and Create an iconic design that will identify the new taxi with New York City.
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