The first battery powered taxi has been unveiled today at Lancaster House. The prototype is being promoted in front of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, alongside China’s General Secretary, Xi Jinping. The new cabs plan to be in service from 2017.
The six-seated taxi will switch over to a petrol engine when its battery runs out. The futuristic taxi included a panoramic glass roof and a colour TV display. The low emission electric black cabs have many supporters. Chinese firm Geely have invested £250 million in the future venture.
Boris Johnson has also stated that the cars would “ensure” Londoners have “the cleanest possible air to breathe”.