Black Cab Future: Fuel-Cell Hybrid Prototype

By Posted 31 Mar 2011, 18:44

The London Taxi is a symbol for all black cabs and a Fuel-Cell Hybrid prototype will be uncovered at London’s City Hall this Monday.

Use of the London taxi consistently throughout the day without having to fill up would be advantageous, with the hydrogen fuel-cell system hybridized with lithium polymer batteries, exceeding 250 miles on a full tank of hydrogen, and reaching top speed of over 80 miles per hour, a black cab in the future is something we can all be glad about.

Lotus Engineering, LTI Vehicles, TRW Conekt and Intelligent Energy have all participated in the introduction of this cab. LTI gave up models to modify the build of the chassis, TRW Conekt ran the safety analysis program with the steering and brakes, and Lotus with design control systems to enhance performance of both the fuel cells and electric drive systems, and also the full propulsion and fuel cell engine.

With no emissions just water vapor from the exhaust, and it only taking about 5 minutes to fill up, you can see it becoming a big hit. Being part of a structure to make all London taxi cabs eco friendly by 2020, starting on London highways by 2012. Can this be a step forward to cleaning up the air in busy cities like London? For more information on the Fuel-Cell Hybrid prototype visit puregreencars.com