Volkswagen Taxi Concept makes its debut in London

Article by Christian A., on December 22, 2010

Volkswagen's design team in Germany has come up with a new London black cab based on the upcoming Up city car. The VW Taxi Concept, one of three ‘World Taxis’, is smaller than its current production model, the Fox, at only 3.73m in length, 1.66m wide and 1.6m high. However, this concept is heavier, at 1500kg.

VW said that this vehicle can carry two paying customers, with “legroom comparable to luxury saloons”, as well as several suitcases.

The concept’s powertrain is a 112bhp electric motor that’s partnered to a 45kWh lithium-ion battery. The taxi can reach a top speed of 74mph and travel for up to 186 miles on a single charge. The cable socket is hidden under the VW badge on the nose.

VW claims that charging a little more than an hour can restore 80% of its power. Because of the use of light-colored trim materials and a glass roof panel, the cabin in the concept feels airy. Due to the requirement for only a driver’s seat up front, VW can use the passenger’s space for the luggage.

The rear seats would only need to be pushed as far back in the Up’s structure as possible. A large pivoting door makes for easier access. A touchscreen display shows vehicle information and the fare and navigation instructions to the driver.

Meanwhile, passengers get an infotainment panel that enables them to control the air conditioning and read information on the route and their immediate location.

It’s believed that VW is considering adding a bespoke taxi into production. However, the final vehicle would certainly change to accommodate various markets’ requirements for turning circles, wheelchair access and a screen between the driver and the passenger compartments.

Topics: vw, taxi, concept, uk

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

Not so long ago, the 2018 Genesis G80 Sport made its debut at the 2016 LA Auto Show. But at that time, it did not have a price yet. And...
by - April 23, 2017
It seems like an increase in price has become a trend for automotive companies lately. Genesis isn’t alone when it comes to this. Subaru had just announced that the 2018...
by - April 23, 2017
Imagine a sports car morphing into an SUV. Chevrolet initially revealed the FNR Concept at the previous Shanghai Auto Show in 2015. For this year, Chevy once again graces the...
by - April 22, 2017
From the moment FCA kicked off with its 3-month-long ad campaign until the day it unveiled the new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, folks have been guessing what the exact figures...
by - April 22, 2017
Some people may think Audi Sport is a new company but it is in fact the motorsport division of Audi combined with the best of what Quattro GmbH can offer....
by - April 21, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries