Volkswagen Taxi Concept makes its debut in London

Article by Christian Andrei, 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

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

Nearly a decade after Opel and sister brand Vauxhall introduced the Insignia large family car, these companies are now getting ready to unveil the second generation of this offering from...
by - December 7, 2016
After we caught a glimpse of the revamped Amarok, VW Australia once again wants to give its ute a sinister look inspired by the Mad Max movie franchise. The “Korama”...
by - December 7, 2016
Customers in the European market are known for leaning towards style and with this in mind, Nissan has revealed the special LEAF Black Edition. While the production run of this...
by - December 7, 2016
When Volkswagen unveiled the VW Atlas, it declared that this SUV is being developed for the United States and is set to arrive as a 2018 model. It also unveiled...
by - December 7, 2016
Did you miss the opportunity to get a brand new Dodge Viper? Well, here’s something you don’t want to miss. Dodge has announced a “final call” for orders for its...
by - December 6, 2016
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