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2010 Volkswagen London Taxi Concept

By luanpa in | December 18, 2010 | Comments Off on 2010 Volkswagen London Taxi Concept

Over the decades, the London Taxi has become a British icon, just like the double-decker bus or the red telephone booth.Volkswagen’s EV Taxi Concept, which is based on the forthcoming Up!supermini, could offer a solution to this problem, should it ever make it into production.

The range of the Volkswagen London Taxi Concept is estimated at 186 miles between charges with an 80 percent charge taking around one hour to complete.Designed to meet the challenges faced by vehicles in modern cities, with ever tighter restrictions on space and emissions, the Volkswagen London Taxi Concept is powered by an electric motor fed by lithium-ion batteries.With a capacity of 45 kW/h the batteries allow the electric motor to generate a maximum power output of 115 PS, translating to a theoretical top speed of 74 mph.

The Taxi Concept,which measures 3,730 mm in length, 1,680 mm in width and 1,600 mm in height,is shorter than the current smallest Volkswagen,the Fox.However its long wheelbase and minimal front and rear overhangs allow it to have a spacious cabin with room for two adults to be seated in comfort plus an allocated area for luggage.At the front, the driving environment is similarly spacious, an impression emphasised by the large glass area.

Inside,the major functions of the vehicle including climate, entertainment and fare information are all grouped onto one touchscreen display mounted next to the driver.In the back a similar screen relays information to the passengers on their route and their immediate environment.Despite its modest size, the Volkswagen London Taxi Concept feels luxurious, with use of cream leather and individual, as opposed to bench, seats.









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