This is the Volkswagen Milano Taxi Concept, or how exactly the German manufacturer sees the future public transportation. The Milano Taxi, which is 1.60 metres tall, 3.73 metres long, and 1.66 metres wide comes in a two-tone paint, green and black, which represents a tribute to the fashion metropolis of Milan.
"One door less is all the more for a taxi", this is what Walter de Silva, Head of Design for the Volkswagen Group, said. And we think he is right because the safest way to enter and exit a taxi in city traffic is on the sidewalk side. The new car is actually a tribute to the Volkswagen Samba Bus of the 1950s.
The Milano Taxi, has a top speed of 120 km/h and uses an electric motor capable to deliver 85 kW (continuous power: 50 kW).
This engine is supplied with energy via a lithium-ion battery integrated in the concept car's underbody. Due to the battery storage capacity of 45 Kilowatt-hours (kWh) and the relatively low vehicle weight (1,500 kilograms), the car has a range of up to 300 kilometres (per NEDC) depending on driving style.
The battery can be recharged to up to 80% in just over an hour. Inside, the front passenger seat disappeared and was replaced by the cargo space for luggage. The most interesting thing is that the new car features a 8-inch touchscreen in the rear next to the driver's seatback.
This display not only displays taxi charges but simultaneously offers the option of paying by credit card via a card reader. Also, it can be used to find information regarding the about "points of interest" (POIs) along the route, navigation data (route overview, remaining route and arrival time), weather data and the current date and time.