London's black cabs go plug-in hybrid; maker Geely issues bonds to fund work

London's black cabs go plug-in hybrid; maker Geely issues bonds to fund work

The project to build plug-in hybrid versions of the iconic London black cab is about to receive a significant new dose of funding. The company that makes the cabs, London Taxi Company (LTC), is now owned by the Chinese carmaker Geely. That company—which also owns Volvo—has already... read more

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London Taxi Company TX5

London's Black Cabs To Be Range-Extended Electrics, With Chinese Help

Few vehicles are more iconic than London's black cabs, but that doesn't mean they have to stay the same forever. While the styling will remain recognizable, London taxis are... read more October 28, 2015 by

First Nissan NV200 New York "Taxi of Tomorrow" rolls off the line in Mexico

NYC Mandates Non-Hybrid Nissan 'Taxi Of Tomorrow': Good Thing Or Bad?

After a series of court challenges, New York City finally has a new standard yellow taxi cab. It's not a hybrid, and it's not electric. It's also not particularly fast. But... read more September 11, 2015 by

Montreal, home of the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix

Montreal Plan: 2,000 Electric Taxis By 2019 To Compete With Uber, Lyft

Several cities have experimented with electric taxis, but Montreal could soon have one of the largest fleets in operation. A company operating in the Canadian city is... read more August 12, 2015 by

Toyota Prius taxi in Austria

Toyota Prius Taxi Logs More Than 600,000 Miles; Batteries Last, Apparently (Video)

Hybrid cars have now been sold in large numbers for more than a decade, but new buyers continue to raise concerns about their longevity. One of the best ways to reassure... read more July 16, 2015 by

Nissan Leaf autonomous car prototype

How To Cut Vehicle Emissions 90 Percent: Get Rid Of Human Drivers

The most straightforward way to reduce automotive emissions is probably to just get rid of cars. But what if you kept the cars, and eliminated their drivers instead? Acolytes... read more July 9, 2015 by

Nissan NV200 Taxi

NYC's Nissan 'Taxi Of Tomorrow' Plan Upheld By Highest State Court

Back in 2011, New York City chose a new vehicle to replace the majority of its taxi fleet, then a hodgepodge of Ford Crown Victoria sedans, various hybrid models, and a few... read more June 26, 2015 by

2011 Volkswagen Bulli Concept live photos

Electric Volkswagen Bus Teased Again: Will It Be Real This Time?

The idea is as cool as it is durable: An all-electric reincarnation of the classic Volkswagen Bus, beloved people carrier of the Sixties and Seventies. It was first mentioned... read more April 9, 2015 by

Taxi Electric Tesla Model S taxi in Amsterdam

Tesla Taxis In Holland Follow Norway In All-Electric Green Cabs

The Tesla Model S electric car has garnered plenty of praise from individual owners, but a handful of operators are finding that it works pretty well as a taxi, too. Model S... read more October 28, 2014 by

Tesla Model S taxi in Stavanger, Norway  [photo: Andrew Henderson]

Tesla Model S Electric Car: Simply The World's Coolest Taxi

What kind of taxis do you ride in? Battered old Crown Vics? High-mileage Toyota Priuses or Ford Escape Hybrids? Our bet is that unless you've recently spent some time in... read more June 27, 2014 by

eConnect Cars Nissan Leaf taxi

Nissan Leaf Fleet Joins London's Electric Taxi Ranks

Electric cars make a lot of sense for use as taxis. Taxis are typically driven in cities, where air pollution is often a problem. They tend to do frequent short runs... read more June 12, 2014 by

London's taxi drivers try out new range-extended electric Metrocab

New Range-Extended Electric London Cab A 'Masterpiece,' Says Mayor After Test Drive

London has some of the worst inner-city pollution of any city in Europe, but legislators and automakers are now working hard to correct that. Among them is Metrocab, a... read more April 2, 2014 by

Nissan NV200 'Taxi of Tomorrow' in New York City livery, road test, Dec 2013

Nissan NYC 'Taxi Of Tomorrow': Not Fast, But Great For Riders

If you're driving into rural areas to spend time with nature, there's nothing more noticeable than a bright yellow New York City taxi cab to do it in. A couple of months ago... read more February 25, 2014 by

Frazer-Nash Metrocab London taxi

Nissan, Metrocab Work On 2018 London Zero-Emission-Taxi Target

Starting in 2018, all new taxis in London will need to be capable of running as zero-emission vehicles--a policy recently announced by Mayor Boris Johnson. That's quite a... read more January 23, 2014 by

2013 Nissan Leaf electric car tested as taxi in New York City, April 2013

NYC Issues Roadmap For Electrifying One Third Of Taxis By 2020

The electrification of New York City streets is continuing. In addition to passing legislation that will make 20 percent of new parking spaces electric-car ready, the city... read more January 17, 2014 by

Metrocab range-extended London taxi unveiled by mayor Boris Johnson

New Electric Taxi To Make London's Black Cabs A Little Greener

London's famous retro-style black taxis are as much a part of the landscape as Buckingham Palace or the Houses of Parliament, but so too is the pollution they create. The... read more December 26, 2013 by


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