Fleet News

Metrocab awarded trial hackney carriage licence for electric black cab

Metrocab has become the first zero-emission-capable taxi to be licensed by Transport for London to operate on a trial basis as a London Hackney Carriage. 

The first few Metrocabs are already on the streets of London transporting fare-paying customers around the capital.

Metrocab chairman, Sir Charles Masefield, said: “The Metrocab has received numerous accolades and plaudits across the board in recent months, but now it is official – it is the first licensed range extended electric cab for London, and indeed the first in the world.  We’re very proud, and delighted with the Metrocabs’ performance, economy and range at the hands of the first few London cabbies to be operating our range extended electric taxis.”

The first London taxi driver to operate the Range Extended Electric (REE) Metrocab, Preston Morris, said: “It is great news for me, and for cabbies across London that the Metrocab is now licensed to work in the capital.  The cash savings on fuel are significant, the ride and comfort outstanding, and my first customers are thrilled with the new cab.  With its air suspension providing unrivalled comfort, panoramic glass roof for views of the city and silent powertrain, what’s not to like?”

The Metrocab’s Range-Extended-Electric (REE) technology delivers a range of 560km (345 miles), typically saving a London taxi driver £20-£40 per day based on the average cab duty cycle in the capital.  

 



Leave a comment for your chance to win £20 of John Lewis vouchers.

Every issue of Fleet News the editor picks his favourite comment from the past two weeks – get involved for your chance to appear in print and win!

Comment as guest


Login  /  Register

Comments

  • lee Scarborough - 26/02/2015 16:17

    How much is it going to cost to buy ?
    what happens to the ten year rule with this cab .
    and what will happen we
    hen the powers at be decide that this is not good enough for london
    in other words how long before we get screwed over again .
    the manufacturers should be made to produce a vehicle that is cost efficient to the driver as well as the passengers , im stuck in the cab for 12hrs plus a day ..........

    Reply as guest

    Login  /  Register
Compare costs of your company cars

Looking to acquire new vehicles? Check how much they'll cost to run with our Car Running Cost calculator.

What is your BIK car tax liability?

The Fleet News car tax calculator lets you work out tax costs for both employer and employee