Frazer-Nash has unveiled its range-extending electric Metrocab as a solution for the London taxi.

Frazer-Nash has unveiled its range-extending electric Metrocab as a solution for the London taxi.

It was only last week when Nissan introduced the NV200 London Taxi and now Frazer-Nash has taken the wraps off its competitor, the Metrocab. While Nissan's model promises to return 40 mpg UK (33 mpg US or 7 liters / 100 km), the Metrocab aims to do 75 mpg UK (62.4 mpg US or 3.7 liters / 100 km) thanks to its range-extending configuration.

At its heart is a Euro 5-compliant 1.0-liter gasoline range-extending engine working together with two 50 kW electric motors mounted to both rear wheels. The necessary energy is obtained from a lithium-ion polymer battery pack which has a capacity of 12.2 kWh. The vehicle tips the scales at 1,750 kg (3,858 lbs) and has the following dimensions: 4905mm length, 1800mm width and 1925mm height, with a generous 3181mm wheelbase.

Frazer-Nash says the Metrocab has CO2 emissions of less than 50 g/km and is fully compliant with London Public Carriage Office (PCO) regulations. The spacious cabin can host six passenger seats along with an optional seventh passenger seat in the front. It will be able to provide a combined range of more than 348 miles (560 km) and its top speed will be restricted to 80 mph (129 km/h).

Frazer-Nash wants to sell the Metrocab not only in London, but also in other important UK cities as well in additional countries.

Additional details can be found in the attached press release.

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