Shocking news! The traditional London cab is to be replaced soon.
It seems that new regulations have paved the way for a new model to replace the old dear Hackney Carriage. The new model is an electric car, cheaper than the current TX4.
Social innovation, they say. Do we care?
Which type of taxi do you prefer, the iconic London cab or the new model, which has recently been unveiled?
I have to admit that the new model is slicker. It is called NV200, and it will serve as an alternative to the current vehicles, principally the TX4, manufactured by the London Taxi Company. Nissan say that it can reduce around 20% of the London’s pollution caused by the existing 22,000 black cabs. It will be tested on the roads from 2013.
It still looks like an ordinary people carrier, nothing iconic.
London is not the only city which will have this type of taxi crawling around. New York is going to have it too for the following 10 years from late 2013.
One difference, though, is the wider rear window which they have designed to comply with TFL’s regulations. Huge windows is a very British design thing.