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London’s first zero emission capable taxi

The new Metrocab offers substantial savings while reducing harmful emissions.

NEWS

Over £100M invested into British automotive technology


Metrocab successfully wins high court appeal decision


TRIAL RESULTS

  • The London Trial

  • In November 2014 the Metrocab was the very first zero-emission capable London taxi to be licensed by Transport for London to operate on a trial basis in the British capital.

  • In partnership with ComCab, Ecotive selected a handful of cabbies from the thousands that applied to drive the cabs on a day-to-day basis.

  • Each of our drivers had different routines, different operational requirements and covered different parts of London.

  • Trial Completion

  • After a very successful 25 months the data and feedback we have received has exceeded our previous performance expectations.

  • With the trial now concluded we have had the opportunity to assess the on-the-road capabilities of the Metrocab in typical operating conditions.

  • 192,000km Driven in Greater London

  • 90% of journeys were at speeds of under 48.18km/h (30mph)

  • The real-world operational map, generated by the on board telemetry system, shows that 97% of the total distance covered by all the cabs has been in central London within the proposed Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).

  • 75% Zero Emissions Operation

  • The amount of fuel consumed depends heavily on driving style and the ability to facilitate off-shift plug-in charging. The trial fleet of Metrocab’s, at all speeds, operated in EV mode 75% of the time with only 25% of the time with the engine on. This is significant in terms of money saved (in comparison to diesel taxis) and environmental benefit.

  • The following graph demonstrates how little the Range-Extender (RE) engine was in use. The blue areas are the points of when the vehicles were operating in zero emission mode (EV). The red areas indicate when the drivers have reverted to RE Mode to re-charge the battery, the main use of the range-extender is on motorway distances.

  • Minimal Environmental Impact

  • • Ultra low carbon emissions

    • Ultra Low NOx emissions emitted per cab

    • No harmful Particulate Matter (PM2.5, PM10) emitted

  • Results from the London trial have proven the Metrocab's carbon emissions to be significantly lower in comparison to the modern diesel taxis. The Metrocab only emitting <50g/km CO2 ensures cleaner cities and less polluted air.

  • Throughout the entirety of the trial only 35% of the energy consumed was from the grid. No public charging infrastructure was used during the trial (only the household charger).

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HOW METROCAB WORKS

Electric Motors

Frazer-Nash electric motors combine control technology with permanent magnet motor design to achieve an efficiency of over 96%.

Motor pairs are configured to drive the vehicle’s wheels independently, producing optimum torque and performance at all times.

Battery Pack

Frazer-Nash designed lithium-ion battery packs are used in the Metrocab.

The modular design of the battery pack is matched by the battery management system which keeps the cells in optimum condition, ensuring a long operation life.

Range Extender

The Range Extender is a compact internal combustion engine coupled to a matched generator.

The electricity generated charges the battery pack and can also be diverted to power the electric motors.


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Fully self-charging with Plug-In charging option

DESIGNED AND ENGINEERED IN BRITAIN

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NO RANGE ANXIETY

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OVER 10 YEARS IN DEVELOPMENT

SPECIFICATIONS

Vehicle Dimensions
  • Overall length: 4,905mm
  • Overall width: 1,800mm
  • Overall height: 1,925mm
  • Wheelbase: 3,181mm
Vehicle Weight
  • Overall length: 4,905mm
  • Gross: 2,515kg
  • Kerb: 1,750kg
Performance
  • Top speed: 80mph (Restricted)
  • Max gradient: 1:3
  • Emissions: <50g/km CO2
  • Turning circle: 7.62m
  • Regenerative braking
Driveline
  • Peak motor power: 2 x 50kW
  • Peak wheel torque: 2 x 1,400Nm
Range Extender
  • 1 litre petrol range-extender engine coupled to generator unit
  • Fuel efficient urban and highway generating modes
  • Meets Euro 6 emission standards
Battery System
  • Lithium-ion polymer large format cells
  • Stored capacity: 12.2kWh
  • 3kW on board charging
Features
  • Driver multi-function touch screen display and instrument cluster with colour display
  • Passenger colour display
  • USB charging socket
  • Digital infotainment system
  • Hands free telephone
  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • 3-seater rear bench seat - fore/aft adjustable for more luggage space when required
  • 3 rear facing flip down seats
  • 1 optional front passenger seat
  • Full wheelchair access with wheelchair ramp
  • Panoramic glass roof
  • Air suspension

Technical


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Environment


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Features


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Metrocab is an electric vehicle with an internal combustion engine (range extender) powering a matched generator, charging the battery pack and providing energy directly to the electric motors.

Although Metrocab is fully self-charging while in normal operation, a Portable Electric Vehicle Supply Extension (EVSE) is also available for ‘home’ charging from a domestic mains socket.

A ‘Digital Differential’ replaces the mechanical differential and eliminates the mechanical losses associated with conventional internal combustion and hybrid drive trains, giving improved motor control, traction and performance - with zero maintenance.

REDUCING YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

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