Electric black cabs hit London’s streets (Engineering & Technology)

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Electric versions of London’s famous black cabs are hitting the capital’s streets today in preparation for the introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) next year.

The vehicles come with a range of new features including Wi-Fi, USB charging and a sunroof. The six-seat, battery-powered cabs have a range up to 650km and passenger fares are slated to match those of their diesel predecessors, so users can go green at no additional cost. They can travel 80 miles on a single battery charge and are fitted with a 1.5 litre petrol engine to assist with longer journeys.

The new cabs should prove to be highly reliable on the roads, having been put through the most rigorous testing regime in the history of the London EV Company (LEVC).

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Written by Long Branch Mike