FIRST IMPRESSIONS FROM METROCAB PILOT LONDON FLEET

The all-new Metrocab, from makers Frazer-Nash Research Ltd and Ecotive Ltd, , is proving very popular with its’ first customers

The all-new Metrocab, from makers Frazer-Nash Research Ltd and Ecotive Ltd, which has been operating on a pilot fleet basis in London since November 2014, is proving very popular with its’ first customers, as depicted in a new film released today.

The all-new Metrocab, from makers Frazer-Nash Research Ltd and Ecotive Ltd, , is proving very popular with its’ first customersFIRST IMPRESSIONS FROM METROCAB’S PILOT LONDON FLEET  RELEASED IN A SHORT FILM

The all-new Metrocab, from makers Frazer-Nash Research Ltd and Ecotive Ltd, which has been operating on a pilot fleet basis in London since November 2014, is proving very popular with its’ first customers, as depicted in a new film released today, available to view at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9HiP6yf3H0&feature=youtu.be

The all-new Metrocab, from makers Frazer-Nash Research Ltd and Ecotive Ltd, , is proving very popular with its’ first customersMetrocab chairman, Sir Charles Masefield, said: “This is the first purpose-built Range-Extended Electric taxi to be licensed in any metropolitan area in the world and we are thrilled with our customers’ reactions to it, as shown in the film. It’s comfortable, quiet, spacious, has a panoramic glass roof affording unrivalled views of our great city, day or night, and our drivers love it too. I am delighted with the pilot fleet’s success, it allows us to gather invaluable operational, customer and driver data before committing the vehicle to volume production.”

British designed, engineered and built to help London meet its air quality targets, the Metrocab is a new generation zero-emissions capable range extended electric powered taxi. It represents the cutting-edge of green transport technology with styling both new and evolutionary. The Metrocab’s Range-Extended Electric powertrain delivers a range of 560km before re-fuelling, typically saving a London taxi driver £20-£40 per day, based on the average cab duty cycle in the capital.

About the all-new Metrocab:

The all-new Metrocab, from makers Frazer-Nash Research Ltd and Ecotive Ltd, , is proving very popular with its’ first customers
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The purpose-built all-new Range-Extended Electric (REE) Metrocab taxi represents the cutting edge of green transportation technology. The vehicle incorporates the latest technology for comfort, performance and safety, providing unrivalled efficiency and economy with significantly reduced daily operation and maintenance costs together with customer benefits including full disabled accessibility, panoramic roof for views of the city, increased luggage space and unrivalled comfort for up to seven passengers.

The taxi is driven by two electric motors, range extended with a 1-litre petrol engine coupled with a generator to recharge the battery pack (which takes as little as 10 minutes while driving).  Charging is also available via any mains electric outlet providing even lower fuel consumption.

Developed by Surrey-based Frazer-Nash Research and Ecotive Ltd, this unique powertrain system offers ultra-low emissions and a zero emissions mode, improved air quality, reduced noise pollution, and economic benefits including tax incentives and grants. www.newmetrocab.com

 

Metrocab key features:

  • 98 MPG on the ECE101 Cycle and over three times more fuel efficient than comparable current London taxi
  • 75% less CO2 than comparable current London taxi
  • New Metrocab <65g/km CO2
  • >560km combined range
  • Significantly lower running costs, typically saving a London cabbie £20 – 40 per day
  • Zero-emissions mode and home charging via standard mains outlet
  • >10 years in development and over a million powertrain test kilometres
  • Six passenger seats (plus optional seventh passenger seat in the front)
  • Designed to comply with London Taxi Private Hire (LTPH) regulations
Metrocab Technical Specification:

The all-new Metrocab, from makers Frazer-Nash Research Ltd and Ecotive Ltd, , is proving very popular with its’ first customersGENERAL

  • Range extended electric vehicle
  • Designed to comply with London Taxi Private Hire (LTPH) regulations
  • Capable of zero emission operation
  • Vehicle health diagnostics and status telemetry system

VEHICLE DIMENSIONS

  • Overall length:………………………….. 4,905mm
  • Overall width:…………………………… 1,800mm
  • Overall height:………………………….. 1,925mm
  • Wheel base:……………………………….3,181mm

VEHICLE WEIGHT

  • Gross:………………………………………… 2,515kg

PERFORMANCE

  • Top speed:…………………………………. 80mph (Restricted)
  • Max gradient:…………………………….. 1:3
  • Emissions:………………………………….. <65g/km CO2
  • Turning circle: …………………………… 7.62m (Meets LTPH requirement)
  • Regenerative braking

DRIVELINE

  • Peak motor power:…………………… 2 x 50kW
  • Peak wheel torque:…………………… 2 x 1,400Nm

RANGE EXTENDER

  • 1 litre petrol range-extender engine coupled to generator unit
  • Fuel efficient urban and highway generating modes
  • Meets Euro 5 emission standards

BATTERY SYSTEM

  • Lithium-ion polymer large format cells
  • Stored capacity:…………………………. 12.2kWh
  • 3kW on board charging

FEATURES

  • The all-new Metrocab, from makers Frazer-Nash Research Ltd and Ecotive Ltd, , is proving very popular with its’ first customersDriver multi-function touch screen display and instrument cluster with colour display
  • Passenger colour display
  • USB charging socket
  • Digital infotainment system
  • Hands free telephone
  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • 3-seater rear bench seat – fore/aft adjustable for more luggage space when required
  • 3 rear facing flip down seats
  • 1 optional front passenger seat
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Panoramic glass roof
  • Mood Lighting
  • Air suspension

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