The first electric-powered taxis took to the streets in London on Tuesday. The city’s iconic black cabs have been transformed into electric vehicles in a bid to control pollution.
Come 2018, the newly converted cabs will meet strict new emission rules required for all new taxis in London.
Old diesel taxis are being replaced with over 9,000 electric vehicles. They will hit the roads by 2021. The new cabs retain their familiar shape but are a little bigger with a sixth passenger capacity installed.
The taxis have also been upgraded with Wi-Fi, USB chargers, a plug socket, and a contactless payment card reader. Apart from this, the transparent roofs allow passengers to enjoy the cityscape as they take a ride.
The new cabs will cover 129 km on electric power and have a range-extender petrol engine that runs a generator – meaning that the taxis will be able to cover up to 607 km.
Carbon dioxide emissions are around 10 percent and nitrous oxide emissions are almost zero.
London poses a great example for India as it wishes to embrace all-electric mobility by 2030. The task is challenging though as India needs greater government investment.