Testing solar-powered taxi

Engineering & Technology magazine

By Tereza Pultarova

Imagine a city powered fully by renewable energy – no microscopic dust in the air, no toxic emissions. Perhaps London could become one such city in the future and it seems it might start with its iconic taxis. In January, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson pledged to ban new taxis from the city centre that wouldn’t be able to switch into a zero-emission mode by 2018. 

One of the contenders aspiring to win over the  greener London taxi market is a Surrey-based tech-development company Frazer-Nash. In March, they invited journalists to visit their facilities in Mytchett, Surrey, to test the all new electrical range-extended Metrocab and take it for a short ride at the company’s test track.

The company has been developing electric power trains since the early 1990’s, when, as they say, no one really believed an electric vehicle could be good for anything other…

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