Fuel-Cell Hybrid Taxi Unveiled in London
A Fuel-Cell Hybrid prototype of the iconic black cab has been unveiled on Monday at London's City Hall.
The Fuel-Cell Hybrid London taxi is powered by a hydrogen fuel-cell system hybridized with lithium polymer batteries; allowing the vehicle to operate for a full day without the need for refuelling.
Capable of achieving a top speed of over 80 mph, it has a range of more than 250 miles on a full tank of hydrogen, refuels in about 5 minutes and produces no emissions other than water vapour.
The vehicle, which is the result of the collaboration between Intelligent Energy, Lotus Engineering, LTI Vehicles and TRW Conekt, is the first step in a plan to turn London’s taxis into a zero emissions vehicles by 2020. A fleet of hydrogen fuel-cell powered black cabs will be on London's roads by 2012.
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