London's black cab fleet is going green in 2015, with a new fully electric, zero-emissions NV200 model from Nissan almost ready to hit the streets.
The Japanese automotive manufacturer has managed to keep the mandatory tight 25-foot turning circle required of all black cabs on London roads, with the new model also sporting a futuristic front grille (housing the charging port) and round headlights. Keeping with the green theme, energy-efficient LED lighting is used for its yellow top-mounted taxi sign.
While we wait for the fully-electric models to hit the streets, a redesigned standard NV200 will roll out by December 2014, packing in a 1.6 litre petrol engine and automatic gearbox, and practically the same aesthetic design as the electric model.
The design is a bit too van-like for my liking personally, but if it's a necessary step towards facilitating greener cabs on the capital's roads I won't complain. If it can also save cabbies on running costs, and somehow also facilitate passing on the petrol savings to Londoners through less extortionate fare prices, I won't complain either. But I wouldn't hold my breath for that last hope.