Frazer-Nash Metrocab unveiled in London

The London taxi market is set to get even more competitive. Just days after Nissan launched its van-based NV200 Taxi, the British-built Frazer-Nash Metrocab has been revealed.

Developed over the past decade in collaboration with Ecotive, the all-new contender looks huge at first glance. That’s probably because at 4,905 mm (16’ 1”) long and 1,925 mm (6’ 4”) high, it is.

Frazer-Nash Metrocab (2014) Front Side 1

But that bulk brings advantages: three-abreast seating means there’s space in the back for six passengers, plus the boot is huge. Nevertheless, manoeuvrability is impressive and a 25 feet (7.62 metres) turning circle complies with the infamous Public Carriage Office regulation.

Earlier this week London Mayor, Boris Johnson, announced that all new London taxis will have to be zero emissions capable from the beginning of 2018. The Metrocab fulfils that criterion thanks to its range-extender technology.

The drivetrain consists of a 67 bhp (50 kW / 68 PS) brushless electric motor for each rear wheel and an under-floor 12.2 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. Recharging is via either a standard domestic socket or the Metrocab’s front-mounted 1.0 litre petrol engine, which is used solely to power the onboard generator. A regenerative braking system also helps to keep the battery topped up.

Frazer-Nash Metrocab (2014) Rear SideFrazer-Nash Metrocab (2014) Front Side 2

Frazer-Nash reckons fuel economy will average at least 75 mpg (3.8 l/100km), resulting in an overall range of around 350 miles (560 kilometres). Carbon dioxide emissions should be less than 50 g/km.

London cabbies are currently being invited to participate in driving trials ahead of the Metrocab going on sale.

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