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new conceptual electric taxi for mixes cutting edge with deliberately tongue-in-cheek such as the silver Union on the roof and the City of London’s of arms on the sides and dashboard. embellishments conceal serious the global market for taxis is but hampered by a host of ageing long past retirement

‘For me London has the most taxi in the world,’ confesses Bischoff, head of VW design and the behind the project. ‘The New taxi is nice, but not as comfortable as the cab. It gives the urban a unique character, and we wanted to pay to this.’

The prototype is based on the electric Up city car. It is compact — 3,730mm 1,680mm wide and 1,600mm — making it a little than VW’s smallest the Fox. However, the absence of a engine at the front and clever has allowed for a spacious interior can sit a driver and two passengers in individual — as opposed to the usual — comfortably, whilst ample space for luggage inside the cabin area.

The taxi project is part of the ongoing obsession with electric cars with With all-electric powered still over a year from production, it makes to prep a largely cynical with ventures such as With the taxi, VW hopes to use the ‘face’ in order to make a impression.

For this Bischoff and his team back at the marque’s most cars: the original Beetle and in the Campervan. ‘People remember vehicles positively,’ explains noting that it is this of nostalgia that needs to its way into the entire electric car

‘VWs were born their engines in the rear and so was an absence of a radiator grille on the continues the designer. An electric car require an opening at the front there is no conventional engine to Therefore like the Up, the taxi face has a tiny ring grille, there really to the mouth and in a sense complete the ‘We wanted to give the car a look, but one that is friendly and notes Bischoff.


Daytime running lights within the headlight units are by a taxi light on the roof offers a green setting free and red one when not. At the the graphic light units are into the split tailgate, which are a pair of cubbies to the driver’s belongings.

The interior is and spacious, and visually dominated by two touch screen displays one by the driver and one by the passengers — take directly both in of design and functionality from phones. ‘We didn’t to create a normal dashboard we have a completely different with this car,’ chief interior designer Bachorski. The driver can personalise the setting on the touch screen and in the rear, a similar screen information to the passengers on their and their immediate environment. the reduced colour scheme includes only a splash of red with electricity usage.

Safety was also a key issue the interior. ‘It can be scary you take a cab in a foreign country,’ the interior designer. ‘I the first time I went to New the Russian cab driver didn’t a word of English and I was so scared.’ like the translator help a safer environment for the passenger.

safety feature is the payment The customer slides his credit through the passenger display enters the pin and when all is complete a is sent to the driver’s display visible to the passenger — who all the details, prints or emails the and only when the transaction is allows for the doors to open.

It takes just over an to charge the electric taxi’s lithium-ion battery to 80per of its capacity. The 113bhp electric gives a top speed of 74mph, and the battery provides a range of up to 186

The London taxi concept is the in VW’s World Taxis that has thus far included a Kong, Berlin and Milanese The idea with these has not only to provide a clean solution, but also a more and a safer taxi environment.

it be produced? Bischoff says it could if it was done on a global ‘This car is made under a lot of restrictions and it is a feasible product,’ he adding: ‘If someone we could make it.’ The Up is due in and given that the taxi is on its underpinnings, it could indeed part of London’s urban in the near future.

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